An early morning start was in order to twitch this bird. I'd never seen one before despite trying and so with sarahs daughter for company we arrived nice and early. With a few birders already there it wasnt long before the heron came into view, what a little stunner as well. The only problem was waiting to get a viewing hole when it became free, and they all seemed to be the wrong height too, what a weird viewpoint that was, it was more like one side of a pillbox with more view holes, Abby was ok due to being small she could take her pick of the lower ones. So after a short while peering over someones shoulder i got to the front and was able to grab some half decent pics. The vegetation infront of the hide was overgrown so some of the shots had some blurring, but the bird showed well, before moving out of view, and i left well happy. As we headed back to the car more birders were arriving but there was no sign of the quail that had been there.
Across in hertfordshire the dump was proving to be excellent and i was in the doghouse because of how much time i was spending there. The yellow wags were showing well as they always do but the star of the show was a male wheatear which got so close i couldnt focus sometimes.
At a local site i visit some early waders had arrived , these were Ringed plover. So an early morning visit to avoid dog walkers was in order. I set up and kept low whilst camouflaged near to them and then waited in the hope that they would move closer to my position. After a few hours i got lucky and grabbed a few shots.
These are Waxwings, and eight were hanging around in the small village of Orwell in Cambridgeshire, not far from my home. So myself and sarah headed off and sure enough we found them not long after arriving. As in the past with waxwings they gorge themselves on berries and are pretty much oblivious to you, just worrying how many they can throw down their throats. A lot of the shrubs and trees they feed on are quite close to the ground and so I like to use the car as a hide and photograph from the window. They tend not to take too much notice of vehicles that are stationary. Even when they were spooked they would still return to the same place so long as there were still berries.
They are stunning birds to look at and very vocal as well, I was able to get a few shots although the weather took a turn for the worse and camera speed was not great once the cloud took hold. I tried after them a day or so later but they were more mobile as the berries were being cleared up and being in an estate it was difficult to find what garden they were in.