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Monday 5th February 2018

What a week it wasn't

Sunday 4th February 2018

Week ending 19th January 2018

Monday 22nd January 2018

First outing of 2018

Monday 8th January 2018

A snowy start to the week.

Saturday 16th December 2017

Sucesses and failures in equal measure

Wednesday 13th December 2017

A morning of common birds

Sunday 26th November 2017

Wicken Fen Cambridgeshire

Tuesday 21st November 2017

The past ten days.

Thursday 16th November 2017

Birdguides Photo of the Week

Wednesday 8th November 2017

A week in pictures

Friday 3rd November 2017

Nothing exciting

Tuesday 17th October 2017

An update from the last few weeks

Wednesday 4th October 2017

Iceland - Day 8 - Monday 12th June 2017

Thursday 14th September 2017

A quick visit to Norfolk

Saturday 19th August 2017

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Sunday 4th February 2018

The past few days, I have been dogged by a troublesome right leg, painful to walk on, that necesitated a visit to the local Physiotherapist. Keep off the leg as much as possible was one of the recommendations, especially not carrying heavy camera gear. Some hope there!!!!

Anyway, I decided to confine my visits during last week to the local sites where hides were just a short walk from the car. First off was the back end of Wicken Fen on Tuesday 30th January. I was very pleased with the shots I managed there in December and the weather was very similar. Unforunately, the birds were not. A pair of Coots has set up territory in front of the hide and took great exception to any intruders so visits were few and far between. So I shot the Coot (figuratively speaking) and it turnd out to be one of my better ones of this very common species.

A pair of Gadwall braved the war zone, the female appearing to show off in front of the male

and immediatley afterwards, the male reciprocating.

A 'little brown job' made a brief appearance in the reeds next to the hide for a couple of shots but I was then distracted by someone coming into the hide so forgot about it. Going through the photos on my computer, I was rather pleased to see that it was a Cetti's Warbler, not exactly rare but very difficult to photograph because of it's skulking habit.

By lunchtime, I had had enough so returned to the car. A male Pheasant was feeding in the field so I took a few shots. It was only when I got home that I realised that I had not photographed one for some years - too common to bother, I suppose.

On Thursday late morning, I visited Grafham Water to sit in the hide for a spell. Nothing close, no photos so wasted time.

Friday morning, I arranged to meet a friend at The RSPB headquarters in Sandy for a spell in the hide there. He very graciously drove me to the hide from my car and back so I was hoping that the morning would be fruitful. Quick answer - it wasn't, so we were reduced to trying to make something decent from the common stuff.

By lunchtime, we had had enough so called it a day.

Well that is wildlife for you. At present it is very hard work to get anything of note. This week, what with one thing and another, I am giving it a rest. Hope that next week improves.