With evil weather around (wind and rain), it was never going to be a good day photographically. In the morning I was on one of Dave Scattergood's bird walks for East Staffordshire - this one to Branston Water Park. Plenty of birds were seen, including Water Rail, Snipe, Pochard, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler, Kingfisher, Redwing and Goldcrest, but no photos were taken. However, afterwards I joined Dave for a walk round Branston Gravel Pits (Dave's 'patch') and did manage a few 'record shots'. There were approximately 600 Golden Plover, 7 Green Sandpipers, 6 and 12 Curlew (on different waters), Redshank, Ruff, and Little Egret.