A week in the Elan Valley: Willow Warbler

High up in the woodland, above Caban Coch Reservoir, spring has been very slow. The heavy snows in April have put everything behind and last week the trees were only just beginning to fully bud. The impact on the small birds was evident everywhere, little brown jobs charging about collecting nesting material and squabbling over territories. The Willow Warblers are common here, but to get as close as we did and photograph this beautiful little bird was a rare privilege.

300mm f2.8 + 1.4xTC handheld: f5 @ 1/640, ISO 320, overcast.

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Author: Hares on the Hill

I am a designer and photographer. I live with my wife and our two dogs in the Welsh Marches, a land full of history, legends, mountains, rivers and dragon's breath; a place where animism thrives. To our north are the Cambrian Mountains, the Elenydd, a vast plateau so ancient that its mountains now have the appearance of steeply rounded moorland hills; to the east is England; to the south stand the Black Mountains and in the west the Brecon Beacons rise around the twin summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du, the highest mountain in West Wales.

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