Last Thursday morning (30th March) I watched from the Reed Bed hide at Stodmarsh as a Drake Garganey flew into the pool and spent the entire morning in the area, although on several occasions it would go missing only to fly back into the pool again later. It gave the occupants of the hide great photo opportunities as it swam past the hide on numerous occasions before settling down to preen in amongst the other Ducks present.
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A rather smart looking Great Crested Grebe also swam into the pool from the main lake giving us superb views as it went about his business. There was a female bird present as well but she kept her distance.
Other bits caught with the camera were a Grey Heron flying over, three Little Grebes and the unusual sight of a Coot flying around the pool, all in front of the Feast hide at the Grove end of the reserve. There was a Little Ringed Plover on the top end of the pool at Harrison's, my first of the year.
After two weeks of searching every nook and crannie on the reserve for a Garganey, one finally found me. Always a great experience to see these rather dapper looking Ducks in all their summer finery.