However photographing these birds was not so easy - here are the record shots mainly from the day. The lovely photo of the cuckoo nearby got away as I had the wrong settings on my camera - ugh!
Thank you to the birder on SWT Westhay who alerted me to the male bearded tit before I managed to spot it.
|Bearded tit (reedling)|
Reed buntings calling from willow branches helped create a unique wetland soundscape.
We headed for a second reserve but pulled over as the area felt perfect for cuckoos and my intuition was rewarded almost immediately with this calling male.
A quick visit to RSPB Ham Wall, yielded this bittern amongst other delights, although I did not realise that there was a rare heron to be seen - oh well maybe Ill just have to go back!