Lui Piccolo

We’re at the Parco della Caffarella in Rome. It’s a sprawling urban park with grass closely cropped by the escaped rabbits which skulk away from the numerous dogs walked here.

There’s a small stream over a brook which is partially blocked by broken canes and other vegetation. It’s attracted the flies and is full of Chiffchaffs making the most of the flying feast.

Aren’t they stunning birds?

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

I would never normally say this, but please have a look at just how cute these birds are on full screen. Aren’t they magnificent?

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

They are continually perching and flying to catch insects which are invisible to us.

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

They are in the shade near the surface of the water and I can see one with a glorious reflection in the inky water:

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

I’ve seen them before in Italy, but never as close:

I don’t want to leave them. My memory card is filling up with Chiffchaff photographs. They’re known as Lui Piccolo here.

It’s time to leave these little Luis behind. Perhaps coffee and cake will help me get over leaving them?

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