All were on show today at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve. I failed to get up at the crack of dawn but managed to get underway before 8am (just). It was shaping up to be a bit of a scorcher for early April, no clouds (except the ubiquitous con-trails) and just a very light breeze. Walking down Lambarde Road I paused by the lakes, where I'd taken bad photos of a Coal Tit last time, and instead this time I took some bad photos of a Goldcrest. Nothing very interesting overhead, except a vanishingly distant Sparrowhawk. Then on to the reserve.
Continuing alongside Long Lake, I was stopped in my tracks by a song which, under normal circumstances, I'd have had no hesitation in IDing as a Sedge Warbler. However, I've never had Sedge Warbler at the reserve (though they do get reported), and the song seemed to be coming from halfway up a large, ivy-clad tree - not a typical song perch for a Sedgie. I couldn't see the singer, and it soon shut up anyway, so it will for now be a mystery - hopefully I'll hear it again and be able to confirm it (or not).
I had another sit-down further along Long Lake, at the end of a concrete walkway. I disturbed a small mammal along the way but didn't get to see what it was, just a brief impression of fur and scuttliness at my feet. The path ended at a small bay, in which were sunbathing numerous small fish. I think they were Roach, but all my photos were terrible.
Oh, the big lenses? There was some seriously heavy glass being carted around the reserve today by various people, not me though. Much as I long for more reach than 420mm at times, I can't imagine coping with an un-handholdable lens. Maybe some time down the line I'll have changed my tune ;)