I took a quick trip round Brandon in December - not because I was in a hurry but because most of the site was very, very flooded.
Unable to get anywhere near the East Marsh track and hides (generally everyone's favourites, and the most productive), I went first to the new hide (can't remember it's name) and then to the Wright Hide.
The best bird of the short morning was a beautiful male Goldeneye right in front of Wright Hide, much to the joy of a photographer with whom I was sharing the hide. I was also happy to bump into a confiding robin - so confiding in fact that I was able to take repeated flash photographs of him with my little Canon G9.
Bird of the day: Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula), a striking addition to our winter wildfowl.