This is a winner, Rob, what a dramatic shot!
Thanks Ton. Farmers used to get a subsidy for wildlife enhancements. Hedges are traditionally stock barriers but for as long as I have known, the two fields separated by this hedge (usually a double row of hawthorn, like this) have been under barley, wheat, rapeseed or winter greens. To be stock proof, it would need layering to make it dense enough. Still, it is full of birds at the right time of year, feeding on the berries and sheltering. I have also seen a sparrowhawk working this hedge line hunting chaffinches.
Great capture. Merry Christmas and greetings from Montreal, Canada.
Thank you Linda, and from a grey, end of the year Oxfordshire to you too.