Luckily it was bright and the wind had dropped down to a breeze when I got there at 9.30AM.I headed straight to the Baldwin Hide hoping for some shots of the pair of Goldeneyes that had been there recently.I soon spotted them but I had to be patient for them to come into range of my lens but when they did I still struggled to get decent shots of the drake which showed the green tinge in the head but did not blow out the whites.
From there I headed to the East Marsh hide but the only decent birds on show were 60+ distant Golden Plovers.Far too distant for my lens.
I then headed down to the Carlton hide which has been my bogey hide for months now not having taken a shot there for ages but it was nice to see a lot of water there now.Determined to get shots of anything there I pointed the camera at a Grey Squirrel.How low can you sink!!!
Then I tried to turn this chap into an exotic wader.
So then another poor visit to the Carlton hide.Well no actually I am pleased to say.At 10.45AM from the reeds of the pool you can see way off to the left of the Carlton hide a large bird rose and flew behind the trees and across the reeds right at the back of the Carlton pool before dropping out of site.It was a Bittern!!!!!! I did manage a couple of shots which pleased me no end as they are my first Bittern shots this winter and considering it was a long way off and only in view for a few seconds the shots are pretty decent.