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Bearded Tit / Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus)

Having spent ages staring at vast reed beds every winter and only ever catching the briefest of glimpses of bearded tits - or bearded reedlings, to use the correct term, as they are not actually members of the tit family at all - I was very happy to learn
of the presence of two young females that decided to spend several weeks in Hyde Park, London in the winter of 2012/2013
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bearded tits Hyde Park

The two little beauties were incredibly confiding and gave anyone who wanted to see them the most perfect views, feeding
on top of phragmites in the smallest 'reed bed' you have ever seen, about 2 metres from people watching them. Absolutely fantastic!
It was even possible to read the BTO rings on their little feet in many of the photos that were taken. Both birds - probably siblings - were ringed at Rye Meads in Hertfordshire in November 2012. They even got a mention on BBC's Winterwatch!
I hope you'll enjoy my favourite shots. Please click on the thumbnails for a larger version.

bearded tit Hyde Park bearded tit Panurus biarmicus bearded tit Hyde Park London
Panurus biarmicus bearded tit winter bearded tit on phragmites
female bearded tit Hyde Park female bearded tit bird Hyde Park female bearded tit
bearded reedling bird young female bearded tit photo bearded reedling
female bearded tit bird female bearded reedling Hyde Park bearded tit
bearded reedling Bartmeise bearded tit London Hyde Park
Bartmeise Foto bearded tit bearded tit bird
bearded tit bearded tit reedling bearded tit reed
bearded tit reflection bearded tit bird photos bearded tit feeding
bearded tit posing photo female bearded tit photo bearded tit preening