The first sign that breeding is well underway was soon after leaving the centre and came across this Coot feeding a very young chick. Some say the chicks of coots look ugly, but I like them with their colourful retro look.
The Cattle Egret reappeared quite distantly and obviously close to a Lapwing's nest who persistently harassed it until it flew off.
Warden of the marsh - This is one of the old names for the Redshank due to their loud noisy calls that warn every other denizen of the marsh of the impending approach of trouble.
Pair of Avocets seeing off a Canada Goose and her goslings just out of the picture who had ventured just too close to the Avocets nest.
|Shelduck flies in front of The Butts Hide|
|And has a wash and brush up!|
|Feeling much better and cleaner now!|
|Just a final wing stretch and I'm done!|
|My first dragonfly of the year a female Hairy Dragonfly|
|I could sit and watch Swifts for hours|
|I was sat near the river wall taking these pictures of Swifts|
|To get these three Swift images I must have deleted 3x as many, they are so quick it's amazing how many times I just got blue sky!|