|Posted by Mike Warburton Photography on June 1, 2013 at 2:30 AM|
One of the species of Bird that has been high on my hit list for as long as I can remember is the Yellowhammer.I first saw one of these `Wild Canaries` as a boy whilst out walking with my Dad.I had read about them in a Ladybird Book (remember them?) of Birds and their Eggs that my father had when he was a child.It said in there that the song resembled the phrase `A little bit of bread and no Cheeese`.And it is in fact true.My first encounter was whilst out walking on Llangynidr Common when I was about 10 but they have long since gone from that area sadly and are now on the RSPB red list.
I was out walking a few weeks back just prior to the breeding season kicking off when I heard the quiet song of a male in a distant tree.Against the dark brooding clouds he stood out like a sore thumb and I managed a pic.A return a few weeks later turned up at least 6 singing males all concentrated in a smallish area of mixed Gorse/Bracken heathland.I couldn’t believe my luck!
As I approached a nice patch of flowering Gorse where I had seen one of the males singing he dropped down into the middle and out of sight.I set my gear up within range and waited to see if he would come back out.Sure enough within about 10 minutes I could see the bright yellow of his head making his way up to the top again.As he perched on the top the colour of the flowers matched his perfectly and I managed some nice full framers.
A return visit with Andy for a more realistic count actually turned up 8 males and 1 female.This site seems to be an absolute Goldmine for this species that is under threat and I dare say there will be a lot more as the other 7 males` females must surely be on eggs.They are a resident species too so it should mean all year round shooting which is great and I am so glad to have found a decent site for them.
I am looking forward to getting up there again very soon to capture some pics of the young as they fledge and also the added bonus that the adjacent woodland is home to several pairs of Wood Warbler,another species I want to do more with.