I would like to share with you all one of those moments I had where you cannot believe what you are looking at through your camera. I was almost shaking......The Lesser Spotted Woodpecker although not the rarest bird I've seen it is certainly one of the most hardest birds to see in the UK. I have only seen them a few times from afar and under a heavy forest canopy. Better still I found a nesting pair. In my 15years bird watching/photography this was my best moment. Although these are heavily cropped photo's and taken with a 600mm + 1.4x TC I was too scared to get too close for fear of frightening and disturbing them. I am confident to say that they were not aware I was watching them. This has really been special for me and I consider it to be a magical moment. They are small woodpeckers about half the size of a great Spotted Woodpecker.
congratulations on that experience and the fine pics…! In Denmark the Lesser is as difficult at you descreibe above and I have never seen one...Yet…;o))