A cold spell, particularly when wetland areas freeze or there is a fall of snow, can make it easier to see some birds and a cold snap at the end of January meant that the Bitterns on Seventy Acres Lake were seen out in the open slightly more often. I decided to use the opportunity to try and get some photos, and I wasn't disappointed.
There was a Bittern on view when I first entered the hide, and although at first it was within the reedbed and largely obscured, it wasn't too long before it crept out into the open, and stayed in the open for a full five minutes.
During this time it performed a curious side to side 'dance' which was difficult to explain - it was obviously aware of the presence of several observers in the hide, and may have been trying to look like reeds swaying in the breeze, or perhaps it was changing its viewpoint to better assess what it could see? Sometimes we just have to accept that we don't know what a bird we watch is doing!
*photos to follow*
A Cetti's Warbler gave brief views, but wouldn't allow any identifiable photos, but a Reed Bunting feeding on last years seed heads did allow some fairly decent shots.
After leaving the hide I spent a while trying to photograph Redwings, Fieldfares, and Blackbirds, feeding in exposed areas of leaf litter underneath trees. They were too concerned with trying to find food to worry too much about my presence, but the dull lighting conditions meant that freezing even the slightest movement was very difficult.