I treated myself to the luxury of day off today, with a visit to Rainham Marshes. For a century the marshes were a military firing range which meant this beautiful area of wetland avoided redevelopment. In 2000 it was taken over by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and it's now a thriving nature reserve.
One thing I've learnt about bird photography over the years is the fact that your longest lens is never long enough when it comes to wild birds. This was certainly true today and I ended up with lots of very distant shots of birds. However, I had more luck at one of the bird feeding stations where I sat quietly for half an hour or so. As I waited quietly I was joined by robins, dunnocks, bluetits and other species. I took some pictures of them but I was thrilled when the nearby reeds were visited by some reed buntings. I've seen these cute little birds before but never had an opportunity to photograph them at close quarters. when I got home they were my favourite photos of the day and I decided they deserved a blog post of their own.
13 February 2017