It was interesting to note the curious 'stretched' stance the adults took when guarding their offspring: at times they looked as if they were about to teeter forwards. Two other visiting birders added their eyes to a scan of the pool and one of these located a drake Garganey moulting into eclipse. While looking at this bird, I picked out the distinctive 'mew' of a Mediterranean Gull, which I quickly found peeping out among the nettles. As it took to flight it was joined by two others and then two more, until the count eventually reached ten individuals.
A great little session, which included a second Garganey, a Hobby, dozens of Little Egrets, a Brown Hare and a delightful Barn Owl quartering the grazing marshes.