A late text message from Brian has us meeting up at 5.45am and heading for Lakenheath in Suffolk.
With the failed attempt to add Red-footed Falcon at Ouse Washes on Saturday fresh in the mind, we pull into the car park not taking anything for granted.
Setting off along the grass bank, the reedbeds are alive with both Sedge and Reed Warblers plus Reed Buntings. Whitethroats are also present in good numbers.
Scanning the Mute Swans along the Little Ouse River we locate the Whooper Swan among them.It's an ideal opportunity for a few photos.
Reaching Joist Fen in glorious sunshine, we take advantage of the vacant bench and start scanning the fen. Cuckoo's are calling frequently and it's not long before one is found perched at the top of a tree, giving decent scope views.
While Scanning for the Cuckoo I spot my first Whinchat of the year, it's sitting up in the bush next to the Cuckoo. A year tick for all three of us.
The sun is out and the temperature is hotting up. It's not long before the first Marsh Harriers are spotted in the air. A male flies through with it's catch and the female comes up to meet it. But the expected food pass never materialises.
Soon afterwards the first Hobby is seen in the sky, it's hawking at the back of the fen and then briefly lands in a tree.
More Hobbies become active, and while scoping them the Red-footed Falcon flies into view. A cracking male bird. Staying in the air for twenty minutes or more. It stays out of range of the camera, but the scope views are superb. All the disappointment of the dipped bird on Saturday gone in an instant.
That's birding for you!
News that a Purple Heron had been seen to drop into New Fen, sees us put in another hour search here, but it's not to be found.
While scanning the fen a Grass Snake swims across the water in front of us. It heads straight towards a Mute Swan, but at the last minute turns away and heads for the reedbeds.
On the walk back a dead Mole is found along the grass track, no doubt it will become a meal for another bird or mammal later in the day.
The circle of life continues.