Last weekend I went to deepest Essex to photograph some Avocets at an undisclosed site. I set off at 6.30 in the morning hoping to be there to capture the early morning light. Armed with a map and directions two wrong turns later I didnt get sight of an Avocet until 10.30. That was after a hike cross country of a mile and a half with two large lens, tripod and camera bag. Still I can't complain I managed to see[ for the first time] and capture images of these stunning birds who decided to mate less than fifteen metres in front of where I was standing. In total there were about twenty Avocets present and I am pleased to say they seem to be more widespread in Britain than previously. In fact I am already planning a return trip during the Easter weekend if only that glorious weather returns.