I was trying to photograph a singing Blackcap when this male Bullfinch sat above its own nest and started to sing. The trouble with Bullfinches is they do not open their mouths when singing so you can’t tell. The throat feathers move more than the bill does. You can see the ruffled feathers below the bill. I have never seen a Bullfinch singing up close before and was pleased to get it.

Canon EOS 7D Mk2. 800mm lens. 1/320th at f5.6. 800 iso. The image is full size except I have cropped it from a vertical to a square shape.

Bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula, single male on branch, Warwickshire, May 2016

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