Had an early morning looking for a kingfisher at Low Barns with only a brief glimpse in 2 hours of waiting, I decided to stretch my legs and have a look around the reserve. A few minutes later I heard a green woodpecker call close by. I stood still for a couple of minutes and it flew up from the grass to a fence post.
I managed to get a shot -then it flew back to the grass - long grass obscured where it was, so I walked carefully for another 8 yards or so and could just see its head - it then flew and and landed on a telegraph pole and posed. I was rooted to the spot - it was very slightly hidden by a bush in the foreground but managed to get some nice shots of it.
This for me was better than getting the kingfisher - Green woodpeckers are so difficult to get close shots. Also on the reserve, Water Rail briefly, Dipper, Common Sandpiper, what I thought was a Sparrowhawk may have turned out to be a Hobby after reading reports from yesterday - just got a very quick view as it flew low over the lake. Also Jay, Nuthatch, tree creeper, long tailed tit, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit.