While my Dad was in Italy, I had his car & on Saturday 26/07/08 I went back to Gloucester for a 'quick visit.' I have been planning for a while to stop of at Otmoor Nature Reserve (nr Oxford) with my dad & this was a 'recce'. It was a really nice place - well worth a visit (despite the intense heat). The first bird I saw was only my second ever turtle dove. I heard it 'purring' as soon as I stepped out of the car. Later on I saw my 3rd ever Turtle Dove (see photo below). The other main highlight was a Brown Hare (see photo below) that sat just 3 metres from me!
Above: A great spotted woodpecker at a feeding station.
Above: One of my favourite birds, a common tern (no rings on it)
Above: The Brown Hare
Above: You can just about tell that this is a turtle dove and not a collared dove! I'm surprised the photo is this good as it was at it's zoom limit.
Above: A relaxed Speedy (my mum's Whippet).