With the on-going cold spell and nearly 2 weeks of freezing conditions, many species are much more co-operative as photography subjects because they are out in the open and seemingly preoccupied. This is because everything is frantically searching for food and shelter, so it is more important than ever to be careful when out and about - remember that disturbance can have a much greater impact in these conditions.
The British Trust for Ornithology has posted the following on their website:
"To minimize disturbance to waterbirds in frozen conditions there is a call for voluntary restraint from wildfowling after 7 days and a statutory suspension after 14 days. There have now been 12 'freezing days' in Scotland and 8 days in England & Wales. When it is cold we also need to minimise other disturbance, including birdwatching. It is important to continue with surveys such as WeBS and the Atlas, but participants should avoid disturbing birds wherever possible.”
The BTO will be posting updates here on their website.