Last Saturday, Lisa and I went to Dungeness being tempted by the reports of bitterns being seen on the RSPB reserve. Most of the pools were frozen over but a few open patches of water held a good selection of birds with red-crested pochards, slav and black-necked grebes and smews including a cracking male. We also managed to see certainly 2 and possibly 3 bitterns and some of the views were very good for such a secretive species. Lens envy ensued as I noticed someone there with a Canon 500mm f4 and not to be out done by Steves jack snipe shot, here is my best close up of bittern on the day. You can just make it out where the reeds meet the water in the lower middle of the shot with its head facing left.
On the 3rd Jan I decided to finally go and get some photos of the falcated duck that has decided to stay at Southfleet duck pond amongst all the farmyard ducks and geese and large group of mallards. It was bloomin bitterly cold but luckily the sun appeared for just a few moments and allowed me to get this shot of the glossy green head on this superb male.