My first trip to Lakenheath Fen and lets get the formalities out of the way, I didn’t see the rarities that were supposedly on site, Little Bittern and Collared Pratincole. So a typical trip for me but with some nice birds thrown in too.
As soon as I stepped in front of the first viewpoint “Bittern!” was said as it flew along distantly over the reeds and quickly disappeared into them, 2 seconds after that I said “Kingfisher!” as it whizzed past us and then came back to hover briefly. Marsh Harriers were showing well all day and I also had a flyby from a Cuckoo which also provided a soundtrack for the whole trip.
From the only hide on the reserve I had a brief view of a Bearded Tit, Sedge Warblers were jumping through the base of the reedbed and Cetti’s Warblers were singing. The Kingfisher appeared again as it zipped past he hide, sadly without stopping.
On the walk to the furthest viewpoint a Common Buzzard was being harassed by Crows, Reed and Sedge Warblers were teasing me by popping up next to the path and the vanishing as I got my camera ready. From the last viewpoint I had two more Bitterns in flight, including a boomer once it landed, Cuckoos showing well but distantly, Marsh Harriers continuously flying about and also did a food pass, Common Terns and hundreds of Swifts and House Martins.
The weather was overcast all day with some small showers and a cold wind, which probably explains why the Little Bittern and Collared Pratincole didn’t show for me.