It is not often that the starlings arrive back at Ham Wall before the sun sets. Today, in the rain, it did making a magical evening.
It had been a dull grey day and I was not sure if I would go to Ham Wall today. Things got worse when it started to rain while I waited for the birds to arrive.
A small window of clear sky opened up just above the horizon. It was far away but moving our way.
As the sun dropped into the clear sky it illuminated the cloud in beautiful evening light. It was still raining as lines of birds streamed in and immediately dropped into the reeds.
I covered my camera with my hat and gloves to try and keep it dry. But rain was falling hard on the front of the lens and pooling in the lens hood. Now I realise why the hood has a series of drainage holes.
The water droplets created a mottled effect across the lower half of each picture.
I had to keep going as the sky was beautiful.
During each gap in the birds I tried to clean the lens and rearrange my make do rain cover.
The sun finally dropped as the birds flew around the reeds.