I was soon rewarded when this stoat ran across the mowed grass footpath about 20 feet in front of me:
As you can see it turned and looked straight at me, expecting it to run straight off I took this a bit quickly but I shouldn't have worried, he/she then looked back to where it had come from and I got another six shots, similar to the first one, before it vanished into the undergrowth after about 30 seconds.
Now, I would have settled for that but with the thrill of the stoat giving my mind respite from the physical pain in my ankle and back I decided to walk a bit further to one of the public bird hides. AS I reached the hide I was aware of a great deal of noise above me and looked up to see a Black Headed Gull harassing a Common Tern. I love catching the wonder of flight with my camera and as I already have several pics of Black Headed Gulls I focused on the Tern. This was the result.
This was one of several Terns being chased by the Gull while returning to the floating breeding platforms where Chicks were waiting to be fed. I spent about 20 minutes watching and photographing the activity on and above the breeding platform before, body and soul refreshed, I returned to my car in time to beat the "school run" traffic home.