Living down in the warmest part of the UK meant that whilst the rest of Britain received a seasonal dusting of snow, in south Devon only the southern parts of Dartmoor were covered to any great extent. Whilst making the most of the brief arctic conditions we stopped for a bite to eat at one of the many car parks on the fringe of the moor near Newbridge. No sooner had we pulled up that I noticed that there was a huge number of small birds in the surrounding bushes all waiting to take advantage of any leftovers from visitors lunches! That sparked an immediate rush that just maybe I may be able to get some photos of Robins in the snow, something so simple yet something that I have never had the opportunity to do.
So after having a recce of the site and working out where would make a good background I immediately constructed a ‘snow table’ on one the large granite boulders. This meant that I could place food in a hole on the snow and get some half decent shots from the warmth of the car! Perfect!
The highly sophisticated ‘Snow Table’ from the hide!!!
It wast long before the birds were making exploratory trips out to the table to see what was on offer. I was really chuffed that I managed to get some quite pleasing images and already had a few people asking about xmas cards for next year!! Anyway, it just shows what you can get with a bit of improvisation and a wife who was happy to sit for hours watching chaffinches, tits and robins! 🙂