One of my birthday presents from my parents earlier this month was membership of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Their nearest reserve is at Pulborough Brooks, so this morning my Dad and I visited it for a stroll in the warm spring sunshine. The reserve borders onto the River Arun and a number of hides have been set around the site for bird watching. I quickly discovered that my 70-200mm lens (plus 1.4x extender) is nowhere near long enough to shoot from the hides but I did have some success with smaller birds in the trees as we walked around. As we walked back to the visitor centre we also spotted a Grass Snake wiggling its way through one of the ponds. This particularly pleased my Dad as he hadn’t seen one of these since he was a child. Despite my best efforts he was a bit too quick for me but I did manage to catch on moderately sharp shot as he slithered over a branch in the water!