"What's with the camera and dogs" I asked, "Thought since the sun was out you'd want to photograph something and the dogs need their walk"....I lo...l**e..love her...sometimes. So Bailey on the back seat, James standing on the floor behind the front seats and head out of the window (dog not me) his usual place and he loves it the weirdo.
So we headed for the REEDBED. Now as you all know my teleconverters are all knackered (the 1.4's anyway) so I've been shooting without them and I've had some sort of revelation, a revelation I had the time my 500mm decided to refuse to separate from the camera body....the autofocus system seems to be a hundred better then with a teleconverter on. Where the autofocus normally jumps around and when a bird comes out of the sky to eye-level with vegetation in the background it's skips out of autofocus briefly before re-focusing, it now just stays locked on as an example check this sequential shot of a Sedge Warbler coming into land, though try ignoring some of the grey'ish skies...as usual.
Other juveniles were present around the site, Great Tits and Blue Tits in plenty of supply and mixed together like it was a "mixed winter flock" but with them was a single Chiff-Chaff juvenile..odd and although there was adult Tits with the juvenile Tits I couldn't locate an adult Chiff-Chaff within the flock. Birds seen and not photographed (holding Bailey on lead) included Reed Warblers, Cettis Warbler, Garden Warbler, Lesser and Common Whitethroat, Bullfinch with juveniles, Mistle and Song Thrush and heard but not seen was a Cuckoo....bugger. I also did get some images of two Hobbies hawking but were both too high and back dropped against a grey sky....gutted but fascinating to watch.