Out of the Blue

I managed to upgrade my nature watching with the arrival of a pair of binoculars. I've long considered getting some, but put it off in the assumption that they would be pricey. Then I saw an online review of a pair that was described as quite serviceable for just over thirty dollars, so I decided I no longer had an excuse to put this off. Interestingly we had some seagulls frolicking on the frozen pond today for the first time ever. This gave me the chance to check them out up close, which was not that interesting, but was a proof of concept. So I'm very much looking forward to being able to get better looks at the herons upon their return, and even more so am excited at the possibility of being able to properly observe the elusive otters at play should they ever grace the pond with their presence again. Neither seems likely to happen before the spring, but I am now well prepared.

Magnified Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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Thanks RedEye9.