Well I really haven’t gone away. My camera has been playing up but I am coping until I can get it repaired. This is on top of the current restrictions that are affecting us all and some health issues. I have had the odd good spot (e.g. GS & Green Woodpecker) in the garden but this Sparrowhawk was the only decent picture I managed to get.
I took a brief trip to Highfields today (29/05). The new extended water area by the Tottle Brook was almost dry but I did spot a Mandarin Duck family nearby with two young and a rather colourful shot of an Egyptian Goose pair with young in the Stepping Stones area.
If you wish to see some of the latest spots from Attenborough including the Slavonian Grebe in his summer plumage and other Notts sightings have a look at http://www.nottsbirders.net/latest_sightings.html and click on the 2020 Gallery link. There are some of my shots in there!