I arrived shortly after the 08:00 gate opening time and had the place to myself to start with! However the only bird of note I found was a confiding Wheatear at the far end of the causeway. Also there were plenty of low flying House Martins around, with a few Swallows and Sand Martins. One female Red-crested Pochard was disturbed loafing on the W bank of FII.
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With a good forecast for the first half of the morning, I thought I'd try Farmoor firstly for possible waders on the causeway and then Migrant Hawker flight shots by the Thames, across the far side - following David Hastings' excellent photo earlier in the week.
With this strategy in mind, I didn't arrive until around 09:30 and in doing so missed the Jack Snipe on the causeway that Dai found shortly after 9am. Grr!
As it turned out, the causeway was devoid of interest for me, so I ended up fairly soon at Buckthorn Meadow. The bridge over the pool seemed a possible place to try for Migrant Hawkers, and sure enough some were performing quite well. However they were generally some distance from the bridge, so I thought it would be worth trying out the big lens for dragonfly flight shots - something I've not attempted before.
The resulting image below is a bit different because of the dark background. Yesterday I uploaded it to Flickr - something I have just started playing with. Today I find it has made into the much coveted "Explore" group pool - which will mean something only to those who use Flickr!