Colour on a grey day

There are Dartmoor ponies on Trendlebere Down on East Dartmoor:

Dartmoor Pony - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’s a heathland habitat which was largely destroyed by fire, caused by people, in 1997. Now it’s being kept from becoming forest by ponies:

Dartmoor Pony - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I walk down the hill into Yarner Wood.

It’s a dull day but the male Chaffinches make it bright:

Chaffinch - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They have lots of attitude:

There’s a Great Tit:

Great Tit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

And the male Great Spotted Woodpecker is very active:

Great Spotted Woodpecker - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The red on the nape and rump are such an intense colour, especially on such a grey day as this:

Great Spotted Woodpecker - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

And then, the lemon sherbet of the bird world, a male Siskin comes to visit. It’s a little ray of sunshine:

Siskin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’s colour on a grey day.

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