The Yard, Covenham and Waxwings

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Sunrise at the yard
I decided to treat myself to a whole day's photography today and so was up early and pleased to see clear skies. I was soon breakfasted and ready and off to the yard arriving just in time to photograph the magnificent sunrise. I enjoyed a very pleasant couple of hours here with lots of activity with birds coming backwards and forwards to the feeders. Both woodpeckers are now regular and the large party of longtailed tits moves through at frequent intervals. About 11.00 am I decided to drive over to Covenham reservoir to see what was happening there. This involved a short drive along the A16 out of Grimsby and on the way I noticed three local bird photographers who had obviously spotted something interesting. I stopped and was delighted to find that they were photographing waxwings although the birds had flown. While we were chatting a group of five returned and although they were quite distant I managed several shots. I was really pleased as this was only the second time I had seen waxwings at all and they are magnificent birds. Once all the excitement was over I moved on to Covenham. There were large numbers of birds here including goldeneye, gooseander, wigeon, teal and pochard and a single male smew. Covenham is a vast concrete bowl reservoir and the birds were all too far away for successful photography.