It started last Thursday night when it snowed quite heavily in Somerset. I managed to get into work on the Friday morning but we went home at lunchtime.
I spent the afternoon at my window photographing the birds in my little garden as they came to top up on the food put out for them. The light was awful, not great for photography, especially shooting through a window, but I managed some nice shots, one in particular won me Bird Guides 'Photo of the Week' award! I was thrilled with this, I've been posting my pics to their galleries for years, and I'd only won 'Photo of the Week' once before, back in 2015, the competition is fierce!
The link to the award, plus the citation, is HERE
Amongst the birds visiting in the snow was a Blackcap and a Reed Bunting, as well as Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Starlings and Blackbirds.
On the Sunday I drove to Frome in Somerset to be the studio guest of 'Somerset Cool' on their radio show on Frome FM. I was really nervous, but Jenna and Graeme of 'Somerset Cool' were 2 of the nicest people I'd ever met and really put me at ease, aided by coffee and chocolate digestives! :D
The interview went well considering my previous nerves and usual discomfort in such circumstances , I really enjoyed myself and Jenna made it easy with her warm and sunny personality.
The link to the interview is HERE
Scroll down to the 3rd of February show and click play if you want to listen to me talking about birds and my photography!
Finally, I have to mention being 'followed' by Jacqui Abbott on Twitter!
For those who don't know, she was the female singer in my favourite band The Beautiful South and sang on classic tunes such as 'Don't marry her', 'Rotterdam (or anywhere)' and 'Perfect 10' amongst others. I've been a massive fan of hers for 25 years, and she's still having hit albums with Paul Heaton, the main man from The Beautiful South and the Housemartins. We have spoken a few times on Twitter now, and I am extremely pleased to report that she is a delightful person, so down to earth and not at all affected by her 'fame'!
I even offered to be one of her backing singers on her next tour, but she politely declined (Having heard me sing!), although she did say they may be looking for a photographer..... :P
Here are all the photo's taken since my last blog post, including Black Tailed Godwits, Pintail, Marsh Harrier and ducks galore, starting with the Starling pic that won the Bird Guides 'Photo of the Week' award.
^Above^ - Starlings at Greylake (With House Sparrow, bottom 2 pics.)