I’ve spent most of my working life photographing people and places. Usually on film in glorious black and white. Being locked down has forced me to take a closer look at my surroundings. When I was away on assignments, my wife found time in her own busy life to make a beautiful garden. Since Patricia died seven years ago, I have come to appreciate the wonderful legacy she left me. I never seemed to have time to study the birdlife around me before; I just liked the idea they were around and I enjoyed their dawn chorus over the years. In a fairly small space I am pleased to be visited regularly by many species of bird. My friendly robins follow me around listening to my mutterings (they later bring some of their youngsters), but most of the birds are extremely shy and need coaxing with refreshments to stay around. Now, during my isolation vigil, I watch them as carefully as I did when photographing people. I know very little about birds but admire their grace and beauty. I became intrigued by the behaviour of the goldfinches with their vivid striking colours who come to feed and drink. Extraordinary things… Read full this story
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Charmed in lockdown: garden birds by Denis Thorpe – in pictures have 315 words, post on www.theguardian.com at November 26, 2020. This is cached page on Europe Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.