Having not actually had much of a chance to play with the new camera and lens since I bought it a couple of weeks ago, the fine weather saw me out and about locally with camera in hand, just to see what it can do.
First stop was to look for Water Voles at a spot near Honington where I had been told they had been showing well, but despite morning and afternoon visits, no voles were seen, just a couple of Little Owls calling and a female Grey Wagtail did at least pose for a few photos.
Next stop was a trip down the BTO's Nunnery Lakes reserve. If there's one thing you can guarantee here is the local Canada Geese and Mallards on the river by the car park will be there and if nothing else, they are quite good for photographing close up, giving the VR on the lens a good test.
Further down the reserve, it was fairly quiet, a flyover Redpoll and Siskin and the first autumn Skylarks, though a Chiffchaff posed for a photo on a Hawthorn bush and shortly afterwards was singing in the October sunshine, quite why these birds do this yet no other summer migrant (I can think of) sings at this time of year.
On the way home in the evening froma second look for Water Voles, a Brown Hare near Knettishall Heath probably knew the light wasn't the best for photography and so wasn't in a hurry to avoid having its photograph taken, with the glorious evening light having just vanished behind the trees.