Hogsmill Nature reserve is a perfect little wildlife refuge in an obscure part of Berrylands in south London. These shots were taken on my first ever visit. Around 120 bird species have been recorded at Hogsmill, some quite rare.

There are two hides, and outside one of them are several birdfeeders that attract a range of small songbirds. These are extremely nervous and move super fast. Normally they are impossible to capture in flight. However, using Olympus technology (Pro capture), I got a surprisingly high number of shots. The difference between these little birds at rest, and in flight is profound - they turn into proud and beautiful avians, with more impressive plumage than many larger birds.

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