In the afternoon I moved back to Shapwick in the hope of getting one of the Bitterns that the previous day I had noticed were, at times, flying over the main path from one reed bed to another.
I set up prepared for the long haul and it was! About four hours in we had a low fly past against a crisp blue sky. Apparently Â there are up to nine booming birds on the reserve, which is a rapid increase from a couple of seasons ago. It wasn’t difficult to get sightings of them during the stay but it’s how close they come and if the light is right at that point. I was lucky on both counts.