Following a discussion with Martin Petchey at Crossness today about the technical difficulties of getting a decent picture of the Pied Wagtails roosting on the non-native Oak outside Carpetright – near the clocktower on Bexleyheath Broadway – he has unexpectedly taken up the challenge, as evidenced by the photos presented below.
The birds are now gathering in the lower part of the tree where a significant number of leaves are still clinging on. It should be noted that the quality of these images is pretty much on a par with what you can see with the naked eye. [Click on them for a larger view – but note they have been compressed a bit for posting here]. I reckon about 43 birds can be made out in the pictures, which tallies with the in-roost count of about 50 I made after dark yesterday evening.