It's not like me to spend ages in a hide waiting for that one special bird to show up. I guess that's why I don't have a better collection of wildlife photos. But it was another sunny morning yesterday, so I went to the reserve and headed straight for the Carter hide. I wasn't the first - two 'togs' were in situ already but I squeezed in and waited for about an hour, during which the Kingfisher/s didn't show up.
I finally gave up on the hide and left, but I checked the fallen tree by the path on my way back and there was a Kingfisher on it. I tried to creep up on it but flushed it. Must improve creeping technique.
From there I called in at Tyler hide, from where there were some birds to see (though photography is pretty much hopeless). Two Common Sandpipers pottered about on one of the islands, and an eclipse drake Shoveler came in for a spectacular crash-landing nearby. There were little groups of Teals here and there, alongside more Gadwalls. A distinct hint of autumn/winter, in other words.
Besides stuff already mentioned, I saw one Green Sandpiper, a Sparrowhawk being mobbed by a Magpie, and heard Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers plus at least one Nuthatch. There are still darters and hawkers around, including a fine Brown Hawker which I spent quite a while trying and failing to photograph from Grebe hide.