Sunday wasn't as bright as Saturday, it was rather dull and a little cooler but we made the most of it being dry and headed to RSPB Fairburn Ings. We're lucky that we only live about five miles away from this nature reserve and apart from the £3 parking charge for non RSPB members, it's free to visit. We were surprised that it wasn't too muddy, though I must admit that there's a big difference visiting here in winter compared to summer, the lack of greenery is quite startling, it won't be long though now until the trees are clothed in leaves once again.
I took my Panasonic FZ72 with me, I bought this camera about a year ago but I still haven't really got to grips with it. It was the 60X zoom which attracted me to it, a similar lens for my Nikon DSLR would have cost much more than this camera did so it was a bit of a no brainer. I'm pleased with the photos it takes even with my lack of skills, it's so easy these days to set the dial to automatic, point and shoot, the camera does the rest.
We're rarely lucky when we visit Fairburn, the birds seem to realise we're on our way and decide to make a hasty exit. As we passed the kingfisher screen there were a crowd of people who were quick to tell us that we'd just missed this beautiful bird, it had been and gone. We hung around for a while before continuing on our way, only to be told, as we passed again on our return trek, that it had come back and we'd missed it yet again. It just wasn't to be. We've only seen a kingfisher here once and that was a couple of years ago, I wrote about it on my old blog in A Bank Holiday Outing post. The thing which did thrill me though was a little robin redbreast landing on the fence right by my side and serenading me. I have lots of encounters with robins at Fairburn.
Just like the kingfisher, the water birds were rather scarce too, however, there were plenty of garden birds at various feeding stations around the reserve. The great tit was enjoying the suet and it was nice to see lots of greenfinches which have been missing from my own garden for a while now, though I've actually seen them returning this past week or two, they must have been away for the winter.
The ducks realised that they could find plenty to eat underneath the feeders where tasty morsels had dropped.
Another robin. His long legs made me chuckle.
I do hope this coming weekend is dry again, it's so nice to get out and about.