The birds of the countryside are much harder to photograph. Most pictures are unplanned opportunities taken on my walks around local nature reserves.
Westhay, Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath are famous for their displays of millions of starlings. From November to January the birds arrive at dusk to overnight amongst the reeds.
It is often said the starling displays on the levels are better in the mornings than in the evening. They are not - they are different. If you know where the birds are roosting then in the morning you can watch them leave in an explosion of noise and feathers.
Focusing on birds from the wetlands of the Somerset Levels, these pictures are mainly of swans and ducks. Several pictures were taken at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust sites at Slimbridge and London, where the birds were easier to approach.