A rather grey morning in Blanford today - was hoping for Otters.  As usual, there was loads of action yesterday (apparently), but nothing while I was there today.  However, lots of Kingfishers about.

Tried to photograph a Nuthatch using a wide angle lens this morning.  Throught it might make things look more dramatic.  Not convinced it's any better than the photos I've taken from a distance with a telephoto lens. 

Then, this afternoon, I spent a coupe of hours this afternoon trying to find otters in Blandford.  2 adults and 3 youngsters around apparently, but not while I was there.

Spent today in the New Forest.  Hoping for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, but no luck.  One was spotted in the car park at 08:00 apparently, but I didn't get there until 10:00.  Didn't even hear any drumming.  Will have to try again another weeked, but get there earlier.  However, in the morning at Mark Ash Wood, I got Tawny Owl and Treecreeper - both shots I'm quite happy with. Shame about the twigs in front of the owl.  In the afternoon I drive down to Blackwater Aboretum hoping for Hawfinches.  Only saw 1, briefly, into the sun, so not a good photo.  But saw 10 Bullfinch in a little flock, so tried some low down, lying on the grass, narrow depth of field shots.

A couple of Stonechats, a Sparrowhawk and, of course, a Barn Owl....

Back to Bransbury Common today, but this time not for the Barn Owls.  Thought I'd try for the Great Grey Shrike instead.  Reasonable luck - he was visible for quite some time flying from bush to bush, then once did a circuit around me quite close.  So a few photos below with varying lighting as he circled around.  Just before I left he caught a vole, speared it on a spike and the started eating away, tugging at the vole.  Far too distant for a decent photo, but good views through the scope.