My trusty old Nikon d80 was getting a bit long in the tooth its been a fantastic camera but it was time for an upgrade. I considered getting a full sized sensor camera, but having looked at reviews the Nikon d7100 came up as being equal to the d610 and was considerably cheaper so I have plumped for one of those. Not really had much chance to use it yet and with the weather at the weekend there didn't seem to be much wildlife showing but my trusty old Little Owl came up trumps.
October is the month when you have the last chance to see reptiles here in the North. Grass snakes and slow worms have already curled up for the winter. However Adders and Common Lizards can still be seen. At one of my most reliable sites cattle have been allowed to trash vegetation, it is supposedly now being fenced off but we will have to wait and see what damage has been done in spring next year. Anyway I could only find one female and one lizard in good conditions, compare this to last Octobers post before it was being managed for conservation (what a great job they are doing). There were also lots of dragonflies around.