Ok, here's what we did on Saturday afternoon. Rob had a coaching course in the morning in Rotherhithe, so I went on an exciting train journey to Surrey Quays, where we met up in a Tesco car park. Then onto the A2 and Oare-wards. Oare seemed like the perfect place to give the new lens (300-800mm f5.6 - yes, we found another used Sigmonster!) a try. You may recall that we had a Sigmonster on loan last summer, but Rob couldn't get it to take sharp photos unless stopped WAY down, even though Sigma checked it over and said it was fine? He has not stopped hankering after one of these lenses, so when we saw this one for sale we decided to give it another try. So we now have no money, and a 6kg lens (with camo lenscoat) in an imposing giant carry case.
Oare was very busy, with boaters as well as birders. We parked on the road as the car park was full, and lugged the gear down to the viewpoints. It was a similar story to the other week, with Avocets, Blackwits and Golden Plovers all over the shop and a scattering of other waders here and there. The nearest island was busy, hosting Ringed Plovers, Dunlins and a lone Curlew Sandpiper.
The sun seemed to drop rather abruptly as we covered the last stretch to the car. From the roadside we looked again at the flood, but both light and nearby birds had pretty much gone, so we went home.