John was kind enough to emerge out of the reeds to show me a male and female Bearded Tit in the hand this was totally awesome.
It was great to see the detail you can often miss, like the birds black under-tail coverts.
Another thing I enjoyed making a note of was the bird's coloured rings, for example the bird in John's hand is purple over white which I saw again on the grit trays when it was released.
I spotted four males in all and five females all of whom could be tracked and traced by monitoring their rings.
John told me that he had caught two young birds a few days earlier of which he had put new rings on showing that they had once again successfully bred at Leighton Moss, cracking stuff!