Summer Leys won out. Why? Well I would be spoilt for choice in terms of birds. The Linnet and finch flock, Lapwings and Golden Plover, Redkite, possible Great White Egret and the Long Tailed Ducks..plus some hides to take cover in when the heavy downpours eventually turned up, great call.
I got past the Two Tier hide on my way to the screen hide I got half way down the path when i caught glimpse of the Great White Egret taking off from the YOC spinney which still has some temporary small flooded pools of water, it was flushed out by a Grey Heron, which during the course of the day would be the Great White Egret's nemesis..this is it taking off from the spinney....
I couldn't believe my luck the bird had done a u-turn over the top of the island and was heading for the reed bed at Kim's corner (that's the bench at the entrance of the two tier hide), I thought by dialling in minus 1 exposure on the camera I'd be okay...nope, not totally blown out but I can do better, I got a sequence of it landing as I looked on, all excited, my best views I'll ever get unless I collide into one!
|THIS MY FAVOURITE ONE OF THE SEQUENCE|
|"JUST LIKE THAT".|
The other birder came down and we briefly chatted about the bird and off I went to the hide and got comfortable. It was mostly hidden from view thanks to the topography but was busy fishing, but guess what? Go on, guess what bird came and scared it off..a House Sparrow, nah just kidding it was the Grey Heron.
It was all luck and timing, I could and maybe should have gone to see some Otters or even the Great Northern Diver but was pretty happy with my final choice, good old Summer Leys, the importance of LNR's (local nature reserve) given the threat to a LNR in Derby.
A GREAT DAY.