Following news of really good numbers near the visitors centre a few days previously we decided to make the journey on a cold and slightly snowy Saturday morning. On reaching the centre at around midday news was not so good and only a few birds had been seen.
We managed to get views of one bird fairly quickly and it was feeding in small trees in the low sunlight. This was to be the best opportunity for photography albeit slightly obscured by branches. Typically whilst having lunch in the cafe a couple of birds appeared briefly where we had been previously stood. A second sortie out into the cold and fading light was successful when two birds appeared in the small trees and allowed reasonable views although backlit. Probably 5 or 6 birds seen in total.
I used a 2 x TC with my 500mm as I never really got that close.