In the last few weeks it has become cold here in Wicklow, with daytime temperatures often not more than 8 degrees Celsius (about 46 degrees Fahrenheit) and often less than that.
Now that the berries have almost all gone from the trees, it’s a good time to put out food for the birds. Some people feed the birds all year round, with the active encouragement of the birdseed producing companies, but I don’t like to do this as it interferes with natural foraging behaviour and encourages wild birds to be dependent on human beings – which is never a good thing. Of course, helping them survive difficult times in an environment we have drastically altered by our very presence is another matter, and winter is just such a time.
In many cases the best chances you have of photographing birds are in winter. This is also a great time to recognise the differences between species.