Dawn was breaking as I arrived at the reserve,making my way towards the hide sizeable flocks of Starlings passed low over head all heading west. At the hide all appeared quiet until the sound of a distant shotgun caused panic ,Ducks took to the sky accompanied by Lapwings and Starlings in such numbers that the sky was black with birds, after the panicking ducks settled two Peregrines where seen taking perch positions on the power pylons where they then made hunting forays, they seemed to be chasing starlings rather than the Ducks. A Female Marsh Harrier drifted towards the hide this inevitably caused another panic. A Kingfisher made several dives from a hovering position Grey Heron flew in and landed in the water and waded to the bank,strange bird!!
But the Mornings entertainment was provided by two squabbling Stoats that appeared in front of the hide one leaped into the water follow by the second there was a brief fight before they reached the opposite bank, they then raced of out of sight,I was taken by surprise and fascinated by how fast they were able to swim. Regrettably no photo record. One more amazing insight into the secret world of nature.