For Murray Wright, a regular at Oare Marshes, today will go down as a never to be forgotten day, and he will always be remembered as the birder who found and photographed Britain's first and Europe's second Tufted Puffin. He and the six other people lucky enough to be there, when it put in it all too brief appearance on the Swale, were the only people to see it today. The rest of us suffered the most awful September day, although it didn't rain, and had little to show for it at the end of the day. Except, that is, for catching up with numerous acquaintances from round the country who turned up in the hope that the bird would return.
Today's picture reflects, mine and most peoples, feeling about the long and fruitless wait.