This is potentially one of the worst images I've ever posted but one of the most important to turn up at Venus Pool late afternoon....Thanks to Martin Ryder for trying to get the news to me and when I finally got it just after 6 pm, a mad dash at least got me a tickable view of my Shropshire bird no. 229 :-)
It was now 6.20 and after a brief fly around, light was fading fast when it went to roost on the middle island!
The same shot cropped even more.... (ISO 2000 and a mere 1/13th sec exposure) hand held
It departed just before 7.00 am the following morning and despite a brief return witnessed by one or two birders, the final departure was for keeps :-(