After I originally posted the image below bemoaning my ineptness with photoshop, I was contacted by Laurence Pitcher http://www.laurencepitcher.com/ who offered to retouch the image for me. I sent him the original image which he cleaned up. See the excellent results below.
My original image
With the appalling weather very little birding was done today but I did see the 1w Glaucous Gull by the fishing boats.