With the first part of today's plan enacted (see previous post), I headed west in the hope of photographing the Spanish Sparrow at Calshot. I first saw this bird on 11th January but my photos were a bit disappointing. On arrival today I was fortunate that a small group were already looking at the bird, and even more fortunate that one of them kept a sharp eye on it deep in the hedge after I had momentarily lost track of it. Crossing the road to photograph it from a bus stop meant that the light was right behind me. The Sparrow remained deep in the hedgerow, preening for some time before eventually coming out into the sunshine to pick lichens off the branches.
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