It was bitterly cold, and at every hide the opening shutters seem to face into the eyewatering wind.
Just a short visit to each hide as I needed to keep moving in case I froze to death, my first stop was the Reedbed Hide, huge numbers of very skittish Teal, noisey Greylags Heron, Cormorant, Black Headed Gulls, Mallard and a single Great Crested Grebe which occassionally entered the pool in front of the hide for a fishing session. no sign of a Kingfisher here.
|Teal at the Reedbed Hide|
|Winter plummaged Great Crested Grebe|
I had warmed up by the time I reached the Feast Hide at Grove Ferry, the pool in front
|Great White Egret|
A few Stonechat flew up from the Reed beds as I passed by, now feeling very cold.
All in all, a very enjoyable day despite the cold weather, and what a pleasure to see the Kingfisher once again.