A Drake Smew flew in and landed out in front of the hide, very close, but after a second or two a Cormorant surfaced spooking the bird and I could only manage a few distant shots as it circled out in the middle of the pit before flying back in the direction it arrived from.
Most of the day was spent with the 1.4x converter on as the birds were just a little too far out for my 400mm lens. As well as the Drake Smew 3 Redheads were also present but they stayed over on the far side of the pit. 2 Drake Goldeneye were in display mode strutting their stuff to 4 females, the converter bringing them into range of the camera. (just)
I managed a few other bits and pieces before leaving and spending an hour at the point in a fruitless attempt to locate the Glaucous Gull.
While I was looking for the Glaucous Gull, I saw a Red Throated Diver fishing off shore and again with the help of the converter bringing it within range of the camera. Also there were several Guillemots fishing as well as Great Crested Grebes and Cormorants but I could not find a Razorbill.
The last hour or so was spent back in the ARC hide where after not seeing a Bittern all day I had 5 sightings of 4 different birds all within 15 minutes of each other. As a Bittern passed the hide two more flew out of the reed bed just to the right of the hide giving me 3 in the air together and all fairly close.
A Great White Egret flew down the pit, having come from the direction of the RSPB reserve and just as the light was fading, three female Smew (I presume the three seen earlier) swam out from the edge of the reed bed where the Bitterns had just alighted from and headed off out into the middle of the pit. I don't know how long they had been there; I had not noticed them since my return to the hide but a great end to quite a good day. I suppose now its back to dull and dreary until the good lord allows us another glimpse of his sun.