|Two-barred Crossbill, Hemsted Forest|
Fortunately the Two-barred performed brilliantly, returning on several occasions to an oak tree preferred by the local finches as a lookout near a favoured drinking pool. Scope views were excellent and while it was a little distant for good photos I was able to get some record shots and therefore a 'photo tick' as it perched in the bare branches. We also heard its higher pitched call when in flight with the rest of the flock.
|There was a bit of inter-action between the Two-barred and a female Common Crossbill - but it looked more like aggression than flirtation|
|The Common Crossbill below the Two-barred in this shot was claimed by some as a Parrot. The Two-barred did look a shade smaller, but still...|
|Flight shot revealing the full wing pattern|