I have to say it was really sad to see all the damage from the earlier surge tides as we approached the viewing area, wrecked hides and destroyed paths and banks, lets hope given time and money that the RSPB can restore it to as it was.
Anyway back to the Waders. The tide was still a way out when we arrived, but the large numbers of Godwits, Dunlin, Oystercatchers, Knot and Avocets were evident in the distance on the mud flats. So plenty of time for a coffee in the one remaining (but very busy) hide before the main event.
As the tide came in the birds were constantly getting up and repositioning onto the remaining mud, except for the Shelduck, who generally just waddled along as the tide pushed them back.
Our day wasn't done though, we headed back and stopped in the hide for a cuppa, before the final walk back to the car and the drive back to the digs. Of course you have to keep watching and there was a bird on the lagoon that at first glance we thought was a Little Grebe, but then I thought the neck is to long, so we gave it a closer look and found we had a Black-necked Grebe, a lifer for all four of us. It was getting pretty dark now, but I had to try for some record shots and got one that isn't to awful!
So four very happy people headed back to the car.