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End of summer report.

17th September 2012
Well its been a bit hit and miss since we returned from our tandem ride. Pat and John put us up for a couple of nights on our return, and then it was over to Brighton to pick up the van. A short hop along the coast to see the kids came before a great if wet Larmer Tree Festival. Back down to the coast for a little grandchild sitting, and then a week in Dorset seeking a view of the Dartford Warblers. No Warblers but great images of dragonflies. A few more days on the south coast and then up to Eastbridge in Suffolk, which is next to Minsmere. Saw Bitterns again (big ugly brown birds according to Marion. The highlight was the Barn Owl showing really well each evening of our six day stay. This was the first week of the Olympics which really got us and everyone fired up and patriotic in a manner I had never experienced before. We visited friends on our way out of Suffolk via Stanstead and Bedford.
Then off to Leicestershire "looking after mum" (she was looking after herself and had us assisting in her art exhibition). Whilst there we visited friend Kerry in Long Eaton, and took a day out with friend Rob and visited the Bird Fair at Rutland Water. The fair was huge and Park Camera's introduced me to the Canon 1D X. I had no idea I needed a new camera, but the results from this piece of kit were quite staggering. There was a waiting list but they happened to find one "in the van", and I was there the next day with a part exchange involving giving up my lovely 1D mk 1V. So far so good, with great low noise shots on high ISO., and excellent auto focus.
We also hired out the van for 10 days whilst at mum's and got it back with a bit of a hole in the windscreen. It was back South again then to assist Jade and Darren with their house move, and we are well impressed with the size of their drive... a good home for the van and very close to Luton airport.
From Jades place it was back to the south coast again for Marion to do a bit more baby sitting. I managed to spend time at Pagham in West Sussex, and Blashford Lakes in Hampshire. Managed a good view of the Great White Egret and failed to find the Wryneck. Joined Havant Camera Club for another season, and ordered all the prints and mounts ready for the exhibition at Martin Mere in November.
Back up to Jade and Darren's and Jade is going to give birth anytime soon. Took some pleasing images of the band Darren plays drums in yesterday, and about to set off North whilst Marion stays with daughter Jade. Next project is Black and White landscapes / seascapes.