But in saying that the birding year has started off reasonably well with 108 species on the new year list, three of which I added today being Black necked Grebe 78 on the Carrick Roads , also one Black Throated Diver.
It was the on to St Clements near Truro where I added Coal Tit to the list,But did not see the Avocets that I went for.
On walking back to the car I stopped to eat a fruit bar ( Got to keep the energy up ) and looking across the mudflats I was very surprised to see this Fox way out in the open, obviously hunger was driving it to extreme measures.
So I started to take a few shots even though it was to far away for decent images, It was suddenly distracted by something (not me as I was partially hidden by a Tree) and turned and came racing back towards me across the mud.
I kept taking single shots as I do not like using continuous shooting mode, and it passed about 20 m to my left across the lane and over the hedge into a field.
A few moments later the cause for its panic became known, as a woman and her very active dog which kept running onto the edge of the mud came along.
So below is a sequence of shots of this lovely fox, and in the first image you can see his quarry the blurred image of a Curlew on the mud.