They were of course on the mostly inaccessible west side of the lake, so I thought i'd sneak round a bit closer for a better view. Before I did, all four of the birds took to the air resulting in the hasty shot above. Luckily they came back down in the SE corner, I made my way cautiously along the southern edge and emerged from the wood quite close to them. The trouble was that by then the sun had broken through the clouds on the wrong side of the birds and there was also a thick reedbed between us which stopped me from focusing on the birds. That's all the excuses I can give for the awful picture below, or at least they are the ones I haven't used too much recently!
I was only down the lakes for about an hour before it started to get a bit dark, but I did note a Goldeneye on Brooklands, a flock of about 20 Fieldfares over and a Kingfisher across Abbey Mead.
Not very much 'but I only had eyes for Smew' as the song goes, or something like that!