It was very cold today, +1C with a sharp, biting easterly wind that pushed the temperature down to about -5C. I wrapped up well and took a walk around the Oysterbed site. > http://www.imageinuk.com/Landscapes/Nature-Reserves/The-Oysterbeds/14084085_2bd5Y
The E5 is a metal bodied camera and it was so cold that the heat was sucked out from my hands. Leather gloves were the order of the day.
I enjoyed the walk and I shall share some of the birds that I saw.
When I arrived on site, I saw the Kestrel in the field that seperates the Hayling Billy Trail (named after a long gone railway alignment on which the trail is built) and the Oysterbeds.
The bird was resting between hunting. Still very much alert though to what was around it.
Feeling the need for more food, the Kestrel took off again and used the headwind to allow it to hover over an area it had seen movement.
I watched it hunting for several minutes then it was off, flying away from me and diving like a stone.
I followed it to see if it had caught prey and sure enough, it had caught a rodent which it took to a tree-top.
Disturbed on seeing me approach, it took off again carrying the rodent, to a quiet spot to feed.
I will post some more images in this thread shortly when I have processed them.