Cuckoo : Having spent lots and lots of time at my favourite local patch hearing and watching cuckoos calling and in flight I know how tricky they can be to spot, let alone photograph. Following a tip from some of my local photography mates I set off to Surrey with little hope that this spectacular male bird would still be turning up and posing for photographs. Happily and surprisingly he was still around and what a really stunning bird he turned out to be!

Male Cuckoo, posing.
Male Cuckoo, posing.
Take off!
Take off!
Winging it!
Winging it!
Heart stopper!
Heart stopper!
Spreading his wings
Spreading his wings
Cuckoo foraging for leatherjackets
Cuckoo foraging for leatherjackets
Flight of the cuckoo
Flight of the cuckoo
Cuckoo in his striped pyjamas
Cuckoo in his striped pyjamas