The day started really well when I saw a beautiful male Whinchat up on our triangle of land. He allowed me to get quite close, so I could get some nice photos. Later on, he sat briefly in our hawthorn tree quite close to the house, but I could only get a photo through a window which wasn't as good as the earlier ones.
A spotted flycatcher perched on one of our sheds and allowed me to take some nice photos.
I've been trying to master the technique of photographing birds in flight against a background rather than the empty sky. This is surprisingly difficult as the auto-focus wants to focus on the background rather than the bird. I got this nice shot of a red kite today which shows that this technique is worth the effort.
It was hot today and a jay was taking a bath in the pond. Here's a picture after he came out of the water.
Just when it seemed the day couldn't get any better, we noticed a butterfly flying around the buddleia. We initially thought it was a Camberwell Beauty, but on closer examination it turned out to be a Great Banded Grayling, a new record for the garden.