I was quite chuffed to roll over to 110 on my cycling list for the county with this marvellous looking duck.
Sadly it was actually his family posting to say he had unexpectedly passed away on Friday. To say I was gutted is understatement. I'm actually tearful as I write, surely not John I kept saying to myself.
John was truly a top bloke. Unlike most of the people whose blogs I read I'd met John quite a few times out and about. Only once up at his patch of Titchmarsh where I first met him and he showed me round the reserve showing me all the best places, what I could expect to see etc. Not many people willingly show you around a reserve so comprehensively and thoroughly. I'd meet him a few more times mostly at Summer Leys but he really did birdwatch his local area so didn't see him at Summer Leys too often. But when he did visit he always come over for a friendly chat and laugh. We'd chat for ages about camera's, camera settings and the positives about birding.