Yesterday I practiced a new technique for me. The picture of the lake in this post is a panorama created from three separate photos "stitched" together.
Just half a mile from home is the wonderfully named Canford Bottom. It has a roundabout with 70 sets of traffic lights. On the other side of the roundabout, accessed via an underpass on Old Ham Lane, the River Stour runs through fields and meadows.
The butterfly flitted around the garden on a sunny spring afternoon and eventually landed on the cherry tree, itself just beginning to bud. The hottest March day in the UK since 1968 according to the BBC weatherman.
First one, then three, then seven and thirty birds took flight, The air now filled with feathers, as well as sound.
My own (RSPB gardenwatch) count included 8 goldfinches. They are small birds, quite striking in appearance with their red face and yellow finch stripes on the wings.
The blackcap is a winter visitor from possibly Germany or north-east Europe. This chap arrived just before Christmas and hung around for a few days.
There is a significant population of cormorants at Longham Lakes.
One of the first birds to be seen and heard will be the Great tit, Parus Major to give it its latin name.
Within walking distance from home we have a woodland area. I was delighted on Saturday's excursion to capture this image of a treecreeper...
"It rained and it rained and it rained. Piglet told himself that never in all his life, and he was goodness knows how old - three was it, or four? - never had he seen so much rain."