One of the newer nature reserves in Bucks, Manor Farm NR (Milton Keynes) really turned up trumps when a pair of Black-winged Stilts turned up on 24th April. Ted Reed discovered the birds, soon put the word out which enabled a good number of birders to see these elegant, very long legged wading birds. Unfortunately the birds could not be found the following morning. During their visit they moved around quite a bit which made it a bit of a challenge for the photographers.
The species is not uncommon in southern Europe but a rare bird in the UK and this is only the second record for Buckinghamshire. The previous record was of a pair at Willen Lake from 7th until 18th June 1988.