South Lincolnshire seems to be a hot spot for interesting birds at the moment with Great White Egret, Great Grey Shrike among others and now a glorious Bluethroat appearing in the vicinity.
This first winter male was first seen about a week back at Willow Tree Fen no more than a day or two after I had been there with a good mate and top birder Dave.
A days holiday off work this week enabled me to see this cracking little bird and not many birders there at the time either only about 8 so no-where near the numbers seen on other possibly brighter days.
Below a selection of my 180 odd photos taken, second time seeing this species for me the last time a couple of years back in Cyprus and not as close as this time, the Willow Tree Fen bird got as close as 10 to 12 feet from me – wow!
The bird appeared a couple of times in the 90 minutes I was there, the first time being about 40 feet to the left of where I was standing.
It came a little closer looking for food, quite a confiding bird this one!
It fed a little then back into the reeds it went, the second time it came out it made its way out from the reeds directly infant of where I was standing and came down to about 10 to 12 feet away from me, any closer and I would not have been able to focus on the bird due to my lens being a fixed focal length of 400mm.
The Bluethroat performed magically for us all and allowed us all I am sure, to get some pleasing images on the varying camera equipment we all had between us.
All in all a great day and also one of those days when you need to put the camera down and appreciate the natural beauty that is before you with your own eyes and not peering through a lens.