The infamous Mull-Lull is something that always affects me during Autumn, as the excitement and eternal anticipation of seeing something memorable on Mull is hard to match when back in the Midlands. At best, a scan of the skies might yield a buzzard or maybe a red kite.
This year has also been a bit flat with some of my favourite species, such as the peregrines whose nest failed, and the lack of hobbies across the country has disappointed, even at sites like Otmoor. So when all else fails, I return to one of my favourite hunting grounds, Worcestershire, and Upton Warren managed to provide some moments of magic.
One species that seems to be flourishing in the UK is the little egret, and there have been as many as four around the Moors Pool of late. Super to watch them flying around the pool, but better still to observe at close quarters hunting the shallows.
With the trees heavily laden with berries, I have also been on the look out for winter thrushes. And it was whilst looking for these that I spotted something perhaps even better to photo. A green woodpecker.