Before some more photos of the year I called in this morning to Lake View Business Park to see if any Waxwings were around. After a few seconds of looking 1 saw 11 Waxwings in their usual trees and with the sun predicted to be out for most of the day I thought I would return lunchtime to get some more photos. I should have known better for they did not appear in a 15 minute look at 1.15pm. I had another quick look after work where once again they were not to be seen. I parked up at the top of Stodmarsh in calm and sunny conditions after work and watched until it got dark. I noted 6 Marsh Harrier, 3 Hen Harrier including 1 male, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Mute Swan, 33 Greylag Geese, 1 Water Rail heard, 1 Cetti's Warbler heard and c7000 Fieldfare went to roost. Now for a few more photos of the year with more to come in the next day or so. Probably one of my birds of the year was the male Golden Oriole that I saw at Shuart sitting at the top of a tree standing out like a banana. I did not expect to get views like this and I was also lucky to hear one singing a few weeks later at the same site, what a sound. To see a Kingfisher in the hand was a great treat thanks to Chris Hindle who kindly called me knowing I wanted to see one at close range. I was not disappointed at the colours were superb and the views were crippling. I had normally managed to miss out on the Red Kite at Reculver over the years but seeing 6 Red Kites in one day with a flock of 5 made up for this. Unfortunately I was shooting into the sun but again what a view of one of my favourite birds. More to come tomorrow.