This very special guest dropped in on our balcony this afternoon for a "Happy New Year" (well, maybe)
It is a Goldcrest (Regulus regulus
), a very small passerine bird in the kinglet family.
"The Goldcrest is the smallest European bird, measuring from 8.5 to 9.5cm and weighing as little as 5g. It is dull greenish above, with buff/white underparts, two white wingbars, and a plain face with a conspicuous black eye. The crown has black sides and a narrow black front, and a bright central crest, orange in the male and yellow in the female, which is displayed during breeding. It is a restless species, constantly on the move as it searches for insects."
Circumstances forced me to take this picture through a closed window with prominent reflections of the curtains inside and the light was already very low, so the quality of the picture unfortunately isn't top-notch.
Still I'm rather happy to get a picture of this tiny bird at all.
Picture taken with a Sony Alpha 700 and a Minolta 100-300 APO lens on a Manfrotto monopod.
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