04/03/2017 Mere Sands Wood, Rufford, Lancashire

Bittern: I haven't been to Mere Sands Wood for ages, probably back when Dawn and I started dating. It's a lovely reserve with plenty to see especially when there is a prospect of a showy Bittern.

Over the past few weeks the Mere Sands Wood Bittern has been right out in the open and there has been some amazing images of it.

Typically however when I put a couple of days in all I see are more standard Bittern views, where the bird is skulking behind the reeds, albeit still a great bird to catch up with I may need to put in a few more hours in the Rufford Hide.