Thanks for your comments. I forgot to say that the bird in the first picture is a Lesser Kestrel 😉
Thanks Mike, we are indeed! It certainly is better compared to last year! Another batch of photos is coming right after this post.Sounds like you're having a terrific spring - and thanks for posting some cracking photos.
It maybe due to the fact that they only use a small part of the reserve, where the hide is, and the rest of the lake is left to its own devices and is not easily accessible by the general public, although it's used for fishing. In fact, as we were getting back to the car, I spoke to the guide there and told her about the Little Bitterns and she said "no, it can't be, we haven't seen them" and I said if she didn't believe me I could show her the pics, but she said, no it's ok, it's probably because that part of the lake is a lot quieter. I bet! Outside the visitors centre (which has a cafe) they have set up a large playground and picnic area with several tables, and this is right next to the canal, so it certainly isn't quiet at weekends.Interesting the so many birds are using the lake despite the change in management.