1st - 31st January
I didn't get out very often this month. Most of it was spent in front of the computer. Even the few times I did get outside were not very productive. It seemed that every time I stepped out of the car, the beautiful sunshine disappeared and I was left with nothing to work with other than horrible, dull, flat light!
The Dippers in the Peak District, however, were as reliable as ever and still managed to look good even in the poor light.
With the river levels quite high after some heavy rain, all of the rocks the Dippers normally use as staging posts for their underwater forays were submerged and the only perches left were a few tree roots sticking out from the river bank.
The sun did manage to stay out on one or two of the times I visited Attenborough during the month but usually when this happened there wasn't much of any interest to photograph other than the usual common ducks...
A short trip down to Norfolk towards the end of the month was pretty much a waste of time. The first morning was beautifully sunny with an lovely soft quality to the light but as was typical of my luck this month the usually reliable spot for Kingfishers was almost completely lifeless with them not even puting in a single appearance. By the time I eventually gave up on the Kingfishers and wandered along the coast to Titchwell, the clouds had come in from the west and it was back to horrible, dull, flat light again, which was a real shame as a male Kestrel spent about 15 minutes hovering over the reedbed very close to where I was standing...Very frustrating!
Standing on the causeway path next to the main lagoon at Titchwell is a good vantage point for photographing Brent Geese as they fly to and fro between the lagoon and the fields to the east.
A small splinter flock of the thousands of Pink-footed Geese that spend the winter on the marshes and fields around the Holkham area were feeding in the field immediately adjacent to the entrance road to Holkham pines car park, enabling me to use my car as a hide.
Hopefully February will bring a lot better fortune...
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