The Caterpillar Service – Day Seven

Today the Long-Tailed Bushtits are working as hard as ever to gather invertebrates:

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

After a week I’m much happier with my photographs and feel they are getting better. I think this one really shows their essential character:

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

Long-Tailed Bushtits obviously have very special life skills. Quite how they manage to find such a vast treasure hoard of caterpillars is a mystery to me. They’ve been genetically attuned to identify tiny signs of every type of their prey.

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

I love their alternate names of Bumbarrels and Mummyruffins.

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

I’ve been lying in the brambles on a wet slope in the sun for hours now and I’m tired and hungry. Thankfully there’s a sudden bout of Thomas Hardy style sympathetic weather as the clouds appear, it gets cold, and there’s not enough light to get good photographs. It’s time to go.

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

I have a memory card that is metaphorically bursting with images and a mind that is full of memories of a glorious day.

Will they still be there tomorrow?

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