Goldcrest with raised crest

Goldcrest raised crest5In the darkness of the conifer canopies where goldcrests live, their raised, fluffed up crests glow like little suns. A few days ago I watched a couple of these tiny birds, the male with more orangey crest, the female more lemony yellow, whistling and displaying their erect crest to each other in my local cemetery, a behaviour I hadn’t seen before. I took some photos, but they were underexposed and blurry, although captured the bird posture, and I could use them to draw today’s sketch. The goldcrests seem to float where they are perched like astronauts in a spaceship, their thin feet holding onto the twigs so as not to float away.

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