Great excitment amongst our small group of gathered birders as the bird perched for a couple of minutes giving excellent views,I managed a quick still photograph through the 'scope and then changed to video mode to capture a pleasing if at times juddery "digi-vid"record.
This completely exceeded our expectations as we only bargained on a couple of brief flight views at best if we caught up with our target.
The bird took off again and disappeared to our right out of view,Gethin still needed Great Bittern,Barn Owl,Marsh Harrier and views of Cetti's Warbler for his life list so we set off in search down the track on our way back to the jeep.
Hard to believe that the young "boy-birder" has seen Roller,Bee-eater,Pacific Diver and Stilt-Sandpiper in the UK but not any of the afore-mentioned !!!
A call from one of the other birders alerted us to a Cattle Egret as it passed overhead and an excited Geth soon found his own Barn Owl quartering the rough ground on the far side of Ham Wall.
Another shout gave us a flying Great Bittern and then in the same field of view in the bins was the Little Bittern flying alongside it !! Now there's a sight you don't see everyday !!
They both disappeared into the reeds and we were soon watching another hunting Barn Owl.
Dan and "The Twitchmeister" went off to look for a nearby calling Cetti's Warbler and I picked out a hunting male Marsh Harrier which gave good if all too brief views and young Geth wasn't able to get on to it,his only "dip" of the day.
We then preceeded to get a couple more excellent flight views of the Little Bittern before in the gathering gloom we decided to call it a night.
What an evening out and a really "golden" 45 mins or so with "crippling" views of Little Bittern and Great Bittern,Barn Owl,Cattle Egret and Marsh Harrier also "in the bag".
There sure were three smug,satisfied "Birders in Boxers" who headed back over the Severn crossing into an appropriate "golden" sunset.