Bulgarian Nature photography day 2: Wallcreeper

What a bird! Finally caught up with a species that has eluded me for 20 odd years in at least 5 countries! High in the mountains of northern Bulgaria lies a deep ravine with steep walls on either side of the narrow valley and around 30 feet up on one of the rock faces is a regular nest site for one of the most secretive and elusive of birds, the wallcreeper. Flicking its wings constantly as it searches the rock face for insects, this butterfly-like tiny bird is a splash of crimson and blue-grey. After feeding the female on the nest, the male would do a wonderful display flight right over our heads – if only I’d had the 300mm f/2.8 instead of a 500mm, I think I would have nailed it in flight :¬\

(To see more images from Bulgaria, just click the category tag ‘Bulgaria’ from at the top of this post)

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