A quick look out of the next hide produced an adult Egyptian Goose , that took flight almost immediately , to join another adult and 3 juveniles over on the far side of the lake .
A couple of Teal carried on feeding , unperturbed by the Goose's noisy departure .
With the sun already lost behind clouds , very little Odonata activity , but plenty of fungi was found , the best being Amanita muscaria-Fly agaric .On the far side of the reserve , a Great Crested Grebe was preening in the shallows .
I don't know what it was trying to do here , but it seemed to be trying to turn itself inside out .On the shore line , another sighting of Common Sandpiper .Didn't notice any signs for an air display , but this pair of Mallard were doing their best to provide one .Also found a pair of juvenile Great Crested Grebes practicing the 'mirror' Spring routine . By the time I got the big lens on , they had finished their practice .
I decided to give the hide another go , finding a chap from Hawkhurst , already in there on the same mission . He too had seen 3 Kingfishers a couple of weeks ago . Another 4/5 sightings , including one with the bird heading straight for the perch outside the hide , before veering off at the last second . Also watched the 'swimming Heron' again , and again he caught two fish doing his submarine on the surface routine . But , bottom line , still no decent Kingfisher shot , after another hour and a half . Will I try again ?