Even without the bonus of photographing the rails, it was still a glorious morning to be out with the camera slung over the shoulder. There were a few good birds around, the drake Goldeneye was on E lake and the female Scaup was still on D Lake along with a Shelduck and adult Herring Gull, all local scarcities, and a few of the commoner birds like Coot and Greylag Geese did show well for a few photos.
Greylag coming in to land
Happy with my morning wander round, I was sat at my desk a couple of hours later when we received news that a Short-eared Owl had been found down the Lakes. Chairs were left spinning as me, Nick and Dawn rushed down to join John who had seen the bird. After a short search, the owl flew up and showed well being mobbed before drifting off, a most unexpected but very welcome bonus and a Lakes tick for all present.