Partly to take advantage of a brief lacuna in the foul weather and partly to pick my monopod up from Norman, I took a short walk around Strumpshaw today, sharing Fen hide with Ben Lewis (on his week off!) Norman, Liz & Mike.
Between 7.30 and 9.30 the sky was clear and the light pretty good for photography, but the wind picked up, the temperature dropped and the clouds rolled over.... Still, we managed reasonable views of two Otters, a couple of Bitterns and a group of six Marsh Harriers: a pair of Chinese Water Deer came close to the hide. And just for Bob Walker - one of the five or so Marsh Tits that were feeding in the woods today!