It was raining when we arrived but the forecast said sunshine later so we firmly crossed our fingers and set off to explore, the dampness is well shown by the droplets on these reed grasses.
We had a break for some lunch and then set out for the lower hide, we have some tremendous and memorable sightings from there and it never disappoints.
On the way down there are some small ponds lined with reeds and foliage, ideal for butterflies and dragon and damselflies..in quick succession we saw a speckled wood butterfly, a black lined skimmer and a ruddy darter.
After correcting my camera settings I did manage a decent action shot of a swan during a take off, complete with droplets of water.
Fortune or fate decreed that we would call in the public hide on our way back to the centre, on the way across the causeway this beatiful patch of tranquility caught my attention.
There are always plenty of coots to be seen from the public hide.
Mrs Wildlife is a redoubtable spotter, often seeing things before me, on this occasion she beat about twenty seasoned birders in spotting a kingfisher arrive on a distant post!! We watched through binocs and scope as the little fella fished happily, chuckles abounded as he held a small fish in his beak and proceeded to bash it about before swallowing it. A range of about 70 yards is way too far for a good clear shot of a small bird even with a powerful zoom, this is the best one I got.
A couple of greenshanks on the island completed my photographs for the day, the drive home was thankfully uneventful, what a brilliant and unforgettable day!!