After the snow yesterday morning, early afternoon the clouds cleared and I thought there was a chance of some sunny weather. Grab the camera and big lens combo. (300mm +2x converter) and nip down to Upton Warren.
A couple of other guys there, one of whom comes over from Kidderminster and implied that he comes once a week! Told me his normal route was flooded at Chaddesley Corbett and he had to detour and approach via Droitwich. Very friendly atmosphere in the hide, the others seem genuinely keen to help me as a "newbie". OK; I'm an experienced photographer but I know relatively little about birds, ducks etc. Half the time, I'm not even really sure what breed I'm looking at - but that doesn't matter. I'm a photographer looking to create some nice pictures, not a birder recording what he sees. Interesting mix of people. Each time I've been, I've asked them - are they birders first or photographers first. The answer - about 50/50.
A piece of old country folklore is that if you want to know about the weather and the seasons, study the wildlife. Well, if the grebes are right, Spring is on the way! Look at the pics and you'll see why. The "action" took place way out in the middle of the "lake" - really way too far off to photograph. However, with the benefit of a full-size sensor on the 1DX body, I knew I could crop the image without losing too much quality. Again, it was an experiment. Part of my learning curve with this very complex camera I am still getting to grips with. The results; well, judge for yourself.
As I've reviewed these pics. I have tried to put "human" captions to them. Not sure if it works or not, but it is amusing to try.