On the way down to Cornwall on Friday, we stopped off briefly at RSPB Darts Farm near Exeter for lunch, and the possibility of seeing the Penduline Tits that have taken up residence there.  Given that some people were reporting having been there 5 or 6 times and never seeing them, my hopes weren't high.  But stepped out of the car, walked down to the hide, and there they were.  A bit of a grey day, so light was very poor and not ideal for photography, but I got some nice shots.  Including a couple where you can see a small grub or caterpillar that one pulled out of the bullrushes - which is, I think, what they're searching for as they tear all the fluff off the rushes.

Went to Arne today.  Saw a fair bit, but not really any decent photos.  Managed to try out macro lens on a spider though.

Went looking for basking Adders at RSPB Pulborough Brooks this morning.  A couple of hours of sun first thing, but too cold I think.  So I photographed a Green Woodpecker instead.

A grey day, so popped over to Brownsea Island to try and improve some of my Red Squirrel jumping photos.  I tried out various combinations of 3 off-camera flash units trigger wirelessly.  None of them gave me quite the perfect shot I was after, but it's an improvement on previous attempts.  The main thing I'm unhappy with this time is the level of lighting and bokeh on the background.  Next time I know exactly what I need to do.

I have bought a dedicated macro lens, and macro flash attachments to go with it.  Early days, and still a lot to learn, but initial results seem quite promising.  The lens is certainly very sharp.  I think these are Common Newt, Common Groundhopper Cricket, some sort of seed head, catkin.