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.

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.