I have often been heard to say that birding and wildlife photography regularly presents a conflict for me. When I'm out birding my natural modus is to use my eyes and ears plus the bins and sometimes the scope in order to both identify plus fully appreciate what I'm watching but a voice inside my head often says 'that might be a decent image to capture' and before you know it the moment is lost. Of course the alternative would be to dedicate oneself to just photography and chase a specific quarry but then goodness knows what else I might miss seeing! Of course, as we all know, many other factors conspire against us getting the image you really want to share; like the object it too far away for the lens (that happens more often than not); the lighting conditions and your quarry just won't sit where you want it for a clear shot, just to mention a few.
During a visit to a coastal estuary last Friday any efforts to capture images of any wildfowl or waders (the reason for the visit) was thwarted initially by the low tide and everything was just a distant speck.
The Chaffinch is probably Britain's second commonest species (after the Wren) which breeds in all types of woodland, parks and gardens so I have no idea what he was doing way out in the open expanse of a tidal estuary.
Just to provide me with added entertainment he started to sing. Please click here to listen to the regularly repeated short and somewhat dry descending trill.