I was really looking forward to my visit to Burton Mere today, not just because of the bird life, but also to see Sharon and Gary for the first time.
In the past I am sure you have seen a picture of the three ducks that Sharon has painted for me, so today I met up with Sharon and Gary to do a bit of bird watching and to collect my painting. Thank you ever so much for the fantastic painting Sharon, I would love to meet up in the New Year some time with you both again.
As you can see, it is a brilliant painting; in fact, from my point of view it is as good as any other professional painting.
The pool that you can see from reception was teeming with birds, however at the second hide there wasn't so many.
I think I am now seeing more Chaffinches than House Sparrows, they are pretty much everywhere you look!!
I prefer to get birds in trees so it looks natural, however with Goldfinches I just can't resist taking photos, especially when they are staring right at the camera.
I kept trying to get good pictures of Nuthatches; me and Gary were having a little competition to see who could get the best photo, I think I did quite well, but Gary won by far. In fact I have just seen Gary's Nuthatch pictures on his blog from today and they are amazing.
This is my brother Harley's Coot picture. I thought it was quite good, since I think it was his first time with the camera, so please give him a bit of praise.
In the afternoon we went to Frodsham Marshes, but more about some fabulous sightings there tomorrow!