© Sharon Whitley
As well as going on that fab walk around the Kentmere Horseshoe at the weekend as seen in the last post, Gary took me to one of his favourite places for photographing birds, WWT Martin Mere. Those of you who visit Gary's blog will have already seen these stunning photos from the day but I'm sure you won't mind another look at a couple of my favourites here as well!
Firstly this gorgeous photo of the Eider duck
....the elegant mute swan
and this beautiful juvenile in sepia
more on Gary's blog post here. I loved Martin Mere despite feeling a bit under the weather with a rotten cold - I also got to see my first peregrine falcon in the wild which Gary managed to get a record shot of as it flew over from the fence post it had been sitting on ....
More garden bird paintings to follow - still need to paint a robin, a wren, a thrush and a carrion crow!