Bearded tit (Panurus biarmicus) in Somerset, September 2017.
I have spent some time in the past looking for and photographing these stunning rare birds. Minsmere in Suffolk is a great destination as is Leighton Moss in Cumbria. Normally the birds are very difficult to find but a for a few weeks in autumn they can be a little easier as large family groups join together to find grit. This is important at this time of year when they switch from eating insects to reed seeds and require the extra grit to aid digestion. These images are from the Somerset levels where for once the birds turned out to be especially happy to pose for my camera !
Male bearded tit
Male bearded tit

Beauty in morning light.

Male bearded tit
Male bearded tit

Close up in the reeds!

Doing the splits!
Doing the splits!

Bearded tit (Panurus biarmicus) in Somerset, september 2017

Bearded tit
Bearded tit

Looking for food

Male bearded tit
Male bearded tit

Flirting

Bearded tit. male perched.
Bearded tit. male perched.

Bearded tit (Panurus biarmicus) in Somerset, september 2017

Bearded tit male
Bearded tit male

Bearded tit (Panurus biarmicus) in Somerset, september 2017

Male bearded tit
Male bearded tit

Poised in the reeds

Pair of male Bearded tits.
Pair of male Bearded tits.

Two males perched on a branch early autumn.