On the journey down I remembered that I had charged the battery in my best camera last night and had not replaced it. So these pictures are a mixture of phone and my old camera, apologies for the poor quality.
The first thing we saw as we walked onto the reserve were sunflowers.
I tried to get both butterflies in focus but had to make do with one!
A little egret was close to the path.
As we re-entered the reserve we met a chap who told us that the birds we had hoped to see where in front of the 360 degree hide, the opposite of what the first chap told us! So we had walked a couple of miles for nothing. Once inside the hide we could see little stints, three at one time, but they did not come close enough to the hide to get a decent picture.
On the way we stopped to look at Reeds Island where we saw hundreds of shelduck and avocets and some deer on the island.
We arrived here about 3pm and when we entered the hide we at last had a spectacular view of birds, six hours and eighty miles later!
However the reeds and grass in front of the hide need cutting and my camera insisted on focussing on the tops of the reeds as they blew in the wind. Using manual focus did not improve the situation, so once again apologies.
We could see nine spoonbills, ruff, dunlin, redshank, at least 300 avocets and dunlin, a good way to end our day.