I have been trying really hard to get close to hawfinch as this is certainly one of the key species of the forest. Up to yesterday though I have had no joy but finally with some friendly advice I have been able to get my lens on these cracking birds.
As ever I am always in the Forest before first light (no mean feat when you live 80 miles away) just so I can catch the shy boar before they retire for the day. As the mornings are drawing out now I have managed to find some in daylight too so images are improving all the time.
This female has approached me twice now on separate visits, I stay still and quiet and she loses interest and trots back to her family. It is such a thrill to have an encounter with such a charismatic creature.