So no particular story other than to share some images and a few thoughts.
So lets do the scenery first and then I will share some wildlife. All of these were taken with the 5D and 17-40 L lens.
Just a small wet hole for the birds
Love the irony
Classic Stratford view of the Trinity Church (Shakespeare burial place)
Haw frost covered Willows on the recreation ground
Frozen Avon with a view to the RSC building
And so on to the wildlife which were all taken with the 7D + 300f4 + 1.4EFTC, except for the last sad image
Walking on water
The mist was swirling in and out of the river - liked the atmosphere and it makes me shiver thinking back to when I took it
Swans, Geese, Ducks, Grebes and Goosanders keeping a small patch of water from freezing
Juvenile Swan with ice on its neck among its more mature brethren
Preening Male Tufted Duck - I liked the tiny bit of colour on a monochrome scene
Pochards came on to the river and went away as soon as the ice melted. Again ice over its feathers
A quick grab of another flight of Canada Geese, underlit by the snow on the ground. Naturally monochrome
I 'bumped' into this Heron while I was walking a bit further along the recreation ground as it fished in one of the bits of water that wasn't frozen. I would liked to have got a lot more shots of this to try to get a clean shot through the vegetation, but the Herons needs were for life and death survival. Getting photographs aren't worth compromising its life so I moved on very quickly.
Finally, I have said a few times in recent blogs of the need to feed and water the birds as the extreme conditions are a matter of life or death for them. This image shows that even the toughest and largest birds can succumb to the conditions. This was sadly very dead.