A snowy festive day in my friends hide.

I spent  the day at my friend Ian Howells wildlife hide.
Located in the Cwmbran countryside it gets a great deal of local wildlife.

On a previous visit I had my first photographs of a Tawny Owl and on this occasion I was hoping to see some Woodpeckers and try out his new reflection pool. I wasn't disappointed as he has done a fine job of it.

The weather today was very festive with a light covering of snow and frost.
We had to de-ice the pool as it was frozen. Its my first experience of taking photographs of birds at a pool and it was challenging to get the shot right and time it correctly as typical of birds they do not settle for long.
You get a great mirroring reflection when you get it right.

There were lots of variety of bird species - A flock of Long Tailed Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Dunnocks, House Sparrow , Gold Finches and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers.

In the area we spotted Buzzards and a Kestrel


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