At mid-day the Amwell BITTERN emerged from the reeds and showed well. After a while it suddenly stared at the water and 10 seconds later lunged at its prey with such ferocity that half of the Bittern was submerged. It was soon evident that whatever it had caught was caught up in the weeds and a tug-of-war ensued. Eventually the Bittern emerged victorious with........a foot long Pike!! It managed to manipulate it in its bill to be head first and down it went. It sat in view in the reeds for another hour unable to move and then flew into roost.
Also many Water Rail, 2 drake PINTAIL, 6 Goldeneye, Buzzard and a male COMMON STONECHAT, but no sign of the Red Kite that has been present since Monday 19th (Alan Reynolds)