This last week has been very spring like; sunshine everyday, except one, when it was a bit cloudy most of the time; but I did manage to get out every day to make the most of it.
Monday, 1st March, kicked off with sunshine; and a visit to the hospital. First sign of sun for ages, so a quick dash to the local lake, before the torture of re-hab. Photo opportunities were poor, more down to me I think, but some good birds seen. The briefest of flashes from a Kingfisher, as he tantalisingly flew past me, and some Bullfinches high in the trees. Lots of Blue and Great Tits, full of passion, chasing each other through the trees. Amazing what a bit of sunshine can do. And some distant displaying from the Great Crested Grebes. It was good to be out, even though a short visit.
Tuesday was equally good, with lovely sunshine quickly melting the frost.
Cheaper than a diffraction filter, but a similar effect. Shoot into the sun.
Wilstone Reservoir the first port of call, at Tring. Usually get a few waders along with the other birds; but not today. Too deep to wade. The water was the highest I’ve ever seen it.
Still a good morning though. Had an interesting chat with a fisherman, and the best bird was a Yellowhammer; a picture in the previous post.
I left there and drove just down the road to College Lakes reserve. A lot of building work still going on, with a new visitor centre almost finished.
Always worth a visit, with plenty to see. Best birds seen here today were Skylark, climbing into the sky, whilst singing their distinctive song.
Sunshine and the sound of Skylarks; what could be better? Yea, a picture. Sorry.
Dotted around the reserve are various bits of farm machinery and other ‘things’.
Here’s one of the ‘things’
A lot of the trees were beginning to come into bud, and some were covered in gold.
The sun really made them shine. And one of the first heralds of spring.....................