Thursday 21st December

He appeared on the marsh over night!

Stonechat, one of several on this bush, not eating the berries but after insects.

Male Robin, not too keen on the competition for his territory.

Carrion Crow eating something tasty!

Mute Swans (north) parents have now abandoned them to fend for themselves.

I have been missing for a few days due to ill health, but hopefully that is all behind me now.

The hard frosts and freezing conditions have caused a few problems for the birds. I hope we have a thaw soon. Saw a small flock of Long Tailed Tits but didn't have my camera at the time.

Friday 8th December

Saw him first.

Blue tit trying to survive.

Big bird, no feathers though.

Undercarriage down, airbrakes applied........

Have been retired (officially) for one year, time has flown! Some would say I've been retired alot longer!

Finally a decent day for photography and bird watching. Saw the Kingfisher this morning. One day I'll see it before it sees me and maybe I'll take its photograph!

Tuesday 5th December

Female Reed Bunting, strange effect of the focus and lighting conditions.

Male mute swan, warning posture!

This is a juvenile Tufted Duck with a piece of plastic around its neck! It seems to be loose enough to fall off. Will keep an eye out for it for a few days.

A male Goldeneye. He popped up from a dive to find me to close for comfort.

Trying to get out when the light is best. Not easy to do as it changes very quickly. Enjoy the photos.

Saturday 2nd December

Not the sharpest of images but evocative of the marsh.

Snowball bush and its fruits. Apparently not high on the birds menu!

Anglers enemy! The two headed Cormorant!

Winter is officially with us. There was certainly a bite in the wind this morning. Sat, briefly and watched the Black-headed Gulls playing tag with a piece of weed, strange! Short eared owl was out hunting this morning, but was chased off by some crows. Camera has been 'off the road' for a few days and will be intermittent in its use until my aches and pains improve.