We didn’t know the area but headed in the general direction towards where it had been seen and eventually at about 8am found marsh hide where it has been seen most mornings from 8:30am onwards.
Whilst trying to find the hide we saw roughly 4 turtle doves and there were plenty of blackcaps around, still no garden warb this year though :-(.
Highlight of the walk there however was the booming bittern, fantastic!! Having never heard this before Ed and I were both very excited and could even hear another one whilst watching the target bird later on, one of those unforgettable moments!
We waited until around 9:30 when the bird finally started showing. Relief!! We were beginning to think this would be our first big dip, something which is bound to happen soon but NOT today!! Only it’s head could be seen at first but eventually it came out into the open and was jumping up at passing flies!! What a sight, here is a record shot hand held digiscoped using Ed’s camera: (as you can see it was a fair way off and heat haze played havoc)
Great day and after a tired drive home, highlight of which was a service station perperami, I was ready to start my revision for the day at 1:30pm……..but didn’t, and still haven’t…maybe I should?
All the best, and no more birding until after exams now!!!