Having just finished a long stint of nine twelve hour shifts over the "festive period", I needed to get out in the fresh air and decided on an afternoon visit to Draycote Water. Of course, several aims could be achieved - getting my 2013 list off to a start and to try out my new to me 7D. Bird wise not too bad with a good selection of waterfowl but I missed out on the well reported drake Smew. Good views of a Grey Wagtail along Farborough Bank, three Chiffchaff's in with a flock of Long Tailed Tits near the bird hide, and a good flock of c170 Lapwings and c250 Golden Plovers heading over towards Grandborough.
Camera wise, consider this work in progress as I struggled with the weather - drizzle and gloom, I struggled with the settings, camera shake and focus! All in all - I enjoyed the walk!
Great Crested Grebe; Bullfinch; Dabchick; Chaffinch; Cormorant; Rook; Canada Goose; Carrion Crow; Wigeon; Jackdaw; Tufted Duck; Goldeneye; Kestrel; Coot; Moorhen; Golden Plover; Lapwing; Black Headed Gull; Common Gull; Herring Gull; LBB Gull; Wood Pigeon; Meadow Pipit; Grey Wagtail; Pied Wagtail; Dunnock; Robin; Blackbird; Song Thrush; Chiffchaff; Long Tailed Tit; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Starling; Magpie.