I went early to Clara Vale hoping that I would be first in this small hide, and arrived just after dawn. Too late already 2 in there which means its almost full. Managed to squeeze in and set my scope up and waited for a Kingfisher to show - and waited and waited.
Bits were starting to turn blue, when a kingfisher finally showed after a couple of hours, but was at far end of lake 180 yards away - I put the scope on full zoom and took a couple of pics ok but not brilliant, the guys with there Canon 400 lenses didn`t have a hope of getting a shot.
Eventually the Kingfisher worked its way up the pool and eventually landed on the closest perch about 8 yards away and was immediately chased by another kingfisher which turned up out of the blue then dissappeared. But the Kingfisher did retun and we all got some great shots - except the guy who killed his batteries.
A bullfinch landed in some long reeds about 40 yards away which also made a great pic.
Had a quick look down to far pastures and saw 6 snipe and a buzzard being mobbed by crows over Thornley Woods
Fairly quite at Thornley Woods although there were a couple of redpoll in the tops of the trees and a fly through sparrowhawk.