The Reed Buntings were doing their bit not to be left out.
After a Breakfast of poached egg on toast I was well up for the next part of the adventure. I spent a short while getting some flight shots of the Gulls and a couple of shots of Pied Wagtails flitting around. Again these will follow in due course.
Whilst at the lakes a number of people advised us that there were Waxwings in a garden nearby. Brian, Mike and I set off to see if we could locate them and after a little wait at the site we did indeed get to see them. First however was a lovely viewing of a Fieldfare.
The Waxwing were only two in number and unusually they were feeding from the same apple tree as the fieldfare. I have very little experience of Waxwings but others present assured me that this is somewhat unusual behaviour.
As I'm sure you can imagine my trigger finger was well worked and i have a number of shots to work through but this is one example of the beautiful waxwing.
Something happened that just made the day for the four of us (Chris had joined us on site), The owners of the house in which the apple tree was located had seen us, and a number of others throughout the day, stood in the road. They kindly offered to move their vehicle off the drive and invited us into the garden. But as if this wasn't enough they later made us tea, and gave us cake and biscuits. I am sure I speak for the others when I say this was totally unexpected and extremely welcomed as the temperature was very low. The lady and gent declined offer of payment and took the level of their generosity even further when they said we could, if we wished, move their garden seats and use them to sit on.
This may not seem a lot but ask yourself how many people would invite total strangers into their property and provide drinks etc. I can't honestly say I'd be so kind, or at least not in the past. We did not enquire of their names but they will know who they are and if by chance they read this then we were truly grateful for their kindness.
I'm not sure if I'd go to Cosmeston again, I'd be worried that it couldn't live up to this first visit. A great day and a great start to 09.