For the last 3 years I've popped up to Box near Bath in Spring to try and photograph Dippers on the By Brook.  Every year I've seen them, and managed to get a photograph.  But never one I'm totally happy with.  This year is the same.  I drove up early this morning, got some photos, but none are great.  Interesting to see a pair together, and one with a caddisfly nymph casing thing.  Also one photo with one of the Dippers blinking, showing its special underwater eyelid.

Tried for boxing Hares this morning before work.  Didn't have much time - still no boxing seen.

Very early start to try and find some Hares boxing.  Apparently the trick is to find them before sunrise to get the best chance of seeing them box.  I managed to find 3 Hares together - they ran around a bit, but didn't seem that interested in boxing.  Will have to try again in a week or too I think.  Some photos below, taken as the sun rose (hence the varying lighting).  Also, a shouting Yellowhammer and a Great Crested Grebe that seemed to be yawning.  The Grebes were doing a little bit of their dancing, but not enough to get any good photos.

Finally managed to get good views of a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at first light this morning in the New Forest before work.  Same tree as last weekend, so nice to know where to go in future.  A couple of shots - one where you can see the red on the head quite nicely.

I have spent a large amount of time this weekend tracking Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers in the New Forest in the hope of getting some photos.  I've now found one who seems to have a particular drumming post on a dead tree.  Haven't actually managed to get views of him drumming, but seen him flying off a number of times immediately after drumming.  So next, I will set up some distance from the tree before sunrise one morning and hope for a photo.  I'm pretty certain I know the exact branch he is using - just not sure what angle I need to see through all the twigs.

So in the absence of any decent bird photos this week, I've have been photographing Snowdrops again.  Trying to work out if I would get any enjoyment out of investing in a proper macro lens.  I think the answer is yes.