In another pathetic attempt to justify it, I am telling myself that now I have so much more time, I can cover a larger area, and I have of course binned my short-lived Canary Wharf patch - I won't be going back there any time soon, or at least not until another Blyth's Reed turns up. Spent three hours in the Park yesterday, and got Lesser Spot and Teal, both tricky birds here.
"We're only tricky if you're crap"
Today I added Whooper Swan to my Essex list. Yes, thats right, I made a special trip to see birds I have seen hundreds of, just because they were within a different county. There is no excuse for such pitiful behaviour. On the plus side, door to swan to door took less than an hour and a half, so few if any brownie points were sacrificed. In a similar act of extreme coolness, I also made a specific trip to see some Waxwings in Chafford Hundred, which counts for London. Once again, we sat down and talked about posture, light, background and so forth, and then had a excellent photo shoot, after which they retired to their executive aerial.