My first ever visit to Potteric Carr YWT Nature Reserve, Doncaster to try and capture some images of one of the 5 Bitterns that have been resident on the reserve for several months now. The Bitterns have mainly been seen from the "Piper Hide", so that was my first port of call. Hung out in the hide for a couple of hours, a Kingfisher was dashing back and forth in front of the hide finally perching on a distant island. Wildfowl present included Gadwall, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Teal, Mallard and Shelduck.
From the "Willow Hide" which is the hide just opposite the "Low Ellers Junction Cafeteria", a Great Spotted Woodpecker was feeding on some nuts that had been wedged in to some holes which had been drilled in to a trunk of a Silver Birch tree. Also present coming to the feeding station was Great Tit, Blue Tit, Willow Tit, Robin, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting and a Jay.
Potteric Carr is an excellent reserve and I will be calling back there very soon, why, because I didn't get to see the Bitterns but if you want to take a look at what they look like, take a visit to Dave Mansell's blog through my links, Dave has got some awesome shots taken at Potteric Carr in late December of last year.