Headed for Råstasjön this morning, intent on getting a few shots of Water Rail. The site is superb for the species in winter, after the freeze has occurred. On arrival, I immediately picked up a bird close by the path, feeding intently. The bird was totally unafraid and remained in the open for long periods, allowing some of my best shots of the species. It was a wonderful experience and I was dumbfounded when the bird first approached me as I was lying on the ground and began to peck at my fingers! the bird returned to do this a few times and I quickly realised that the bird is being fed by visitors and has become accustomed to receiving handouts. At least three birds were present in the area, though this one was a total star and was a great subject to test the Panasonic GH4 and Panasonic 45-175mm lens combo. The result were pretty good and I was quite happy with the stills.
Other birds at the site included Goshawk, Common Crossbill, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Siskin, Redpoll and Waxwing.