I'm coming down to Earth after my trip to the Netherlands but feel like a morning out, while it's still good.
The winds have gone north now and I arrive at the reserve at half 8. The number of birds singing must be a quarter of two weeks earlier and I occupy myself for a time photographing a Common Swift.
Working my way round to the Wheatear field, I find a single Common Redshank, which partly with the help of a horse I get quite close views as the old nag provides some cover.
I'm informed that a drake Garganey is showing on Clifton Pit. I climb the steps and then discover that there's actually two birds. Nice.
While I'm in the hide I capture what might be my best ever photo! It's 'only' a Goldfinch but what a corker! It's in perfect light, posing and in pristine plumage with some nice habitat. All boxes ticked.
Making my way back to the Reserve Centre to see Chris Galvin #Opticron and Tim Sexton, I find a Black Tern on the pit to the right of the centre. I nip round to the railway line path and it's joined by a second bird and three Arctic Terns. I'm not quite positioned for the light, but rattle off a few pleasing record shots, never the less.
I have a caramel donut and a coffee in the centre and hobnob with the guys for a while, before heading into town for a new laptop.
A nice morning!