Never seen one before so the lure of a life tick was too much to resist so quite early this morning I joined Kevin and George in the hide where it had been seen much earlier near the channel.This is why I stared at the reeds hoping to get a glimpse of the Crake.
However,after searching for nearly two and a half hours looking at only reeds,irreversible brain damage was starting to manifest itself and also I was losing feeling in both legs so I had to escape fast.As I left the hide all I could hear was "Wimp", No stamina", "You'll be sorry".
I had a walk round and keen to take some shots of anything I had a go at a Chiffchaff which was again high up in the trees.
I then went to the Teal Pool hide to have lunch and as I was eating I noticed a Goldfinch also having lunch and I'm not sure who was the messier eater.Probably me.
I then had a go at getting shots of a dozen or so of Sandmartins zooming around catching flies.Good practice for getting Hobby shots when they arrive.My God these Sandmartins zip around a lot so how did I do?Well all I can say is my collection of empty sky shots has got much larger.Here are a couple of crappographs and in one you can see the fly it's after.
This Redpoll shot was still on the camera and I must have taken it at Whitacre Heath last Friday.It's obviously checking out the skies for the Sparrowhawk.