I was inevitably reminded of one of the best scenes from "Father Ted" this afternoon during a visit to Martin Mere - small, but fairly close, the breeding Tree Sparrows were nice to watch.
However, very, very far away, the drake American Wigeon and the female Wigeony thing it has in tow, popped up again, this time from the Harrier hide.
The birds were right at the back of the marsh, so not showing too well at all...
Good to see the pair as they make their annual "spring" pilgrimage through the North West again though.
And while I approve of the surreal in all things, I'm still not convinced the Harrier Hide itself is the best design to watch birds out of.
A lovely and unique construction without doubt, with lots of local "bog history" boards for the young, but I'd hate to be in there if something mega turned up and that was the only place to watch it from.
Maybe next time, the WWT could built a great big replica of Dali's "Lobster Telephone" and we could all try to get our scopes out of the pincers - it'd considerably easier than using the Harrier Hide.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...