The walk down there produced news of a Common Crane over, although it couldn't be located. Not a great place to be looking up in the sky; at least three Adders and several Grass Snakes were seen along the way, not doubt taking advantage of the early hot weather. The Adders could be heard moving through the tinder-dry dead ferns, although they generally were quickly out of sight once located. Only one showed well enough for some shots:
The Red-necked Grebe was in superb rarely seen plumage, almost full summer. A handful of photographers were present, but it tended to spend its time fishing a little too far out for good shots. However, patience paid off as it occasionally moved towards the banks and allowed some nice views:
The afternoon was spent wandering around in the sun at the other end of the reserve at Hatfield Moor. The two Black-necked Grebes reported earlier were nowhere to be seen. A couple more Adders were located, as well as a few butterflies.
A close male Reed Bunting allowed some nice detail to be captured: