A 4-5 hour visit to Wat Tyler CP yesterday failed to produce any sighting of the Purple Heron. So a second visit was made today. We arrived shortly before 1.30pm having had positive news on route of the bird dropping into the reedbed. Several Grey Heron were seen flying across the lake along with Marsh Harrier, Kingfisher,Water Rail several Bearded Tits and a Sparrowhawk.
An hour after entering the hide the Purple Heron took to the air, flew behind the far hedge line and circled back round to drop back into the reeds.
That was the only views we had of the bird, luckily Brian was in the right corner of the hide to grab the above shots before it was lost to view among the reeds.