Yesterday was a day of strange occurrences. We were on the main road near Derby when the traffic started to back up - it looked like miles of traffic jam. We diverted down a slip road which was conveniently situated at the point at which we met the traffic problem, what luck.A few miles down the road and the fields were yellow as far as the eye could see! Every field seemed to be full of flowering Rape. It reminded me of the Sunflower fields on the "Sunshine Route" across France. The traffic news came on the car radio and revealed that a flock of Swans had landed on the road about a mile from where we met the traffic jam. They had been encouraged off of the road and the traffic jam had been announced as cleared shortly after we had photographed the yellow fields.
A new visitor to our garden was also seen. This is a Rock Dove - often referred to as a City Pigeon. They are resident in each of the Six Towns of our City, but in 15 years I have not seen one in our garden. He was there again at the feeder today, and I suspect he will be a regular visitor for free food.
Just for comparison, we have other members of the
Another resident is the Collared Dove, a much smaller member of the family
I have been trying out my new lens this week. This is a picture of a Roach in the River Trent at Stoke. It was take from 5 meters above the river and I am pleased with the results. (300 mm lens at ISO 500 with a UV filter attached.)