I spent last night sorting out the final photographs from 2009 prior to my first trip of the year this weekend. Amongst the more common species such as Greenfinch, Blue Tit and Great Tit of which I am starting to gather a good collection now, I was very pleased to have captured a couple of Collared Doves.
Collared doves are one of those species that I see on a daily basis but actually getting a picture has proved much trickier. These photographs were taken under the feeders at WWT Llanelli in difficult lighting. Things weren’t helped by the birds seeming desire to deliberately hide behind a tree trunk or stand in the shadows. It took three visits over a couple of days and several hours of waiting before everything fell into place for a moment and I got the shots that I wanted.