I managed to get out in the midst of a kitchen remodeling at home, with my good friend John, to RPSB Parkgate and Burton Mere on the Dee Estuary. The weather was terrible but nevertheless we did see over 50 species, including Great White Egret and Hen Harrier.
At Parkgate I had the camera set up on my new tripod, a huge improvement on my old one so I was able to get some video and images of the Harrier, however at some distance. I did have a good encounter with a Greater Spotted Woodpecker though.
We later went to Burton Mere where we were luck to see Cattle Egret, Little Egret and Great White Egret, species that only a few years ago would have been absolute rareities on the UK. Unfortunately they were too distant for images but I did get some video.
We did come across a male Blackcap singing and had some great views which I managed to video and photograph.
I finished up taking a few shots of some Avocets, a stunning bird, but not in brilliant surroundings so the original was not that good as a photo. However I did some work in Lightroom and ended up with a very minimalist image which I quite liked but maybe not to everyones taste.
These are two wonderful reserves and, for me, close enough to visit in a day.