Well, it sounded a great idea at the time. When one of my old friends invited me to photograph the small shoot he helps to run in the Cotswolds, I jumped at the opportunity. Although I haven't used a shotgun for many years, I've always loved watching gundogs working. But when the day arrived it was absolutely pouring with rain as I loaded my camera gear and it continued to pour for the next hour until I pulled up at the farm. Then it stopped - just as my mate predicted! Things were beginning to look up.
Start of the day. This springer looks apprehensive.
After the rain cleared we had some dramatic skies and glorious landscapes looking across the fields of stubble.
The dogs had to retrieve birds from both land and river.
Someone's looking tired already.
You pair just sit tight for the moment.
It was a long carry, but the bird is delivered direct to hand.
The dogs not only work with the guns themselves. Let's not forget the beaters and the pickers up.
The end of a successful day. Did somebody mention 'pub'?
You see - no need to have worried. You did great!