We needed to be at Hegdale Commercials for 09.00 hrs, so I could pick up the van and not be driving around in the Mazda 5, un-insured, such is the clinical precision of insurance policies. I had the birds to feed and motor to clear before we were on our way. I was up before 07.00 hrs, coffee supped, chores done, by 07.50 hrs. All we had to do was drive twenty-odd miles, without incident, and the van insurance would kick in at the stroke of 09.00 hrs. Bugger! Looking out the kitchen door, a Goldcrest was on the fat-ball feeder, a garden first. I grabbed the camera and pointed in the direction of the bird - settings as they came! (photo is more to do with computers than any skills I have)
We made the journey on time and complete the transaction with the insurance mechanics being seamless. I was able to tax the vehicle and drive away in the knowledge that I was legally on the road - job's a good'n! Breakfast in The Norman Wisdom, in Deal, well I needed to have a drive! Home for mid-day, I wanted to have a look to see what the prospects for pike fishing were for Sunday. Fortunately Luke had already been down to the RMC and rang me with a very up-beat summary of the conditions - so we're out fishing tomorrow! I still wanted to have a drive; so Seaton GP's were my destination, there being a few year ticks to be found, weather permitting? A brilliant couple of hours resulted in six additions to the list - well happy. Conditions for photography were less than perfect, dull, dank and murky at best, but a drake Goosander provided a test and I'm happy enough with the result under the circumstances.
I was almost back to the van when I spotted a male Kestrel, perched on the roadside wires. ISO 800 and 1/500th sec managed to secure a useable image? Back home for the second half of Spurs v's Huddersfield - job done! Fishing in the morning - life doesn't get much better than this?