When I pulled into the car park the temperature gauge in the car read -4* Celsius. Loaded up with camera gear and a big bag of bird food I walked the short distance to the lake where I knew there should be some birds to photograph (many people feed the birds in this area). The lake was completely frozen over apart from a small section by the footbridge about 10ft x 3ft. which was occupied by 12 Mallard.
Stockgrove lake with the remains of the boathouse which burnt down in 1963. Incredibly (stupidly) there were human footprints in the snow covered ice going across the whole width of the lake !!
The birds must have been finding the icy conditions very difficult, as they started to gather before I had begun to put any food out.
|Willow tit (note the crossed beak)|
|Blackbird (young female ?)|
After about three hours my hands were so cold I could no longer feel the camera and with the light fading fast I decided to call it a day and head on home.
All in all, after the disappointment of not finding the Waxwings, I had a most enjoyable few hours.
Photography notes :- 75-300mm lens, ISO 800/1000, f 7.1 to f10, RAW.
.......a grumpy Robin.
Great Spotted Woodpecker