After over a month away being repaired, Nikon finally returned my camera and lens. It has been frustrating at times having to digiscope, though this method can have its plus’s. Todays clear frosty start was worth having an early breakfast and getting out into the park before the public and rain arrived. I had hoped for a large raptor to fly over, it is a little early so maybe in a week or two.
Grey Heron: At least 18 nests have been re-occupied or are in the process of being built. The first young can be heard and just about seen in the Ash tree at the eastern end of area 7.
Shoveler: 26 were on the bank of area 8.
I could here young calling from this Ash but couldn’t see any until there was a change over at the nest. You can just about see the head of one of the chicks just to the left of the left leg.
It became a little clearer after a while.
The male grebe looks proud of himself having just seen off another grebe.
I wonder where this bird was ringed?
It wasn’t until she put her head up that it became obvious that she had a broken bill. It didn’t appear to hamper her ability to feed.