Having spotted an Otter on Thursday I was encouraged so spent Saturday afternoon and most of today, Sunday at the same place hoping for some better views. No luck, it did show for literally two seconds on Saturday. Just surfaced and dived, never to be seen again.
There is not a lot of bird life at this reserve, Mallards and Teal, mostly. I did see some Little Egrets on my first visit but none this weekend. Also on that occasion a Kingfisher did a quick fly past. I did spot one Gadwall, and in the bushes behind the hide I snapped this Goldcrest, I had hoped it might be a Fire crest as its crest was quite Fiery but after cropping the photo to get a close look I could see there was no eye stripe, so it is just a Goldcrest….still nice though.
I also had the company of a Rat, not shy at all. Despite being a rat he/she also looked a bit ratty as in disheveled and tatty sort of way. I took sympathy and gave it a few bits of my lunch… Nan bread with bacon filling, it seemed fairly happy with it and came quite close, about a foot away at which point I did shuffle my feet noisily to warn it off. It was all said and done a rat.