Managed to get up early this morning and I was in the far hide at Coate for eight o’clock. No sign of the hoped for Water Rail, just the usual wildfowl although Teal numbers have increased with around 250 present. Next it was along to the main lake to look for the Bittern. My previous directions were done from memory, in actual fact the fourth fishing stand along from the causeway is best with the reedbed being directly opposite. Seventeen Goosander and two Little Grebe were seen and then, after about thirty minutes the Bittern showed, again giving excellent views as it moved amongst the reeds. A Kingfisher flew across my field of view finishing off a good early morning visit.