Early(ish) start this morning, a friend of mine Graham Barker and I had arranged to visit Rutland Water to see if we could connect with the recently showing Spotted Crake despite the fact that it had not been seen since Friday .... no surprises that we were unlucky !
Graham is a keen amateur based in Kettering who specialises in wildlife videos and a regular visitor to my local patch Titchmarsh LNR in East Northamptonshire. He has a very sympathetic presentation style and his youtube website ( https://www.youtube.com/user/gwafilms/videos ) is certainly worth a visit, he has also posted a short video of our visit that can be accessed through the link below.
My favourite hide at Rutland Water is the Wader scrape hide on the Lyndon side and many of the usual suspects were showing well with the added benefit of a Ruff.
However, the stars of the show for me was a small party of Spotted Flycatchers feeding very actively in the shrubs on the left hand side of the hide.
A nice surprise that certainly made my day !.