There were Curlews calling on the fields and singing Skylarks. It would be hard to decide on what is the highlight of the trip, the Stoat encounter and the Smew came close to the top, but there were many others. Like the pair of Shelducks close by Turret Hide (above), aren't they the most elegant ducks?
A Green Spotted Woodpecker landed on an Alder just in front of me.
A large Lapwing flock took to the air in a few occasions.
Noisy, Black Headed gulls with their fresh, silky breeding plumage displaying...
fighting and generally having the place to themselves
A Stoat running towards me on the path to Turret hide. I stopped much earlier than the Stoat, but it eventually stopped and froze for long enough for me to take its photo. It immediately then disappeared through one of the draining tubes at the side of the path. I love the white gloves!
Two Mute Swans fighting. There was lake wide commotion with chases, water running and flying (is there a name for the flying while running that swans do?), and fast swimming. The one on the right is busking, an agressive posture of swans. The scene was almost comical as there was a group of mobbing Black Headed gulls, that seemed to have taken sides, attacking the agressive swan.
A Teal pair by Turret Hide.
Brown Rat feeding under the bird feeders. I guess this is an unintended effect of having bird feeders in nature reserves. Rats are also not good news for ground nesting birds.
An approachable male Reed Bunting.
Redhead Smew, a lifer, I flushed her in Far Lake. And she settled on the far end, but little by little she settled in the middle of the lake.
A raft reunion of Oystercatchers.
Full breeding plumage Great Crested Grebe.
Feeding coot, the Main Lake water was so transparent and still that you could see them underwater.
This was one of the most memorable trips I have made to NCW.
Today's Bird List
- Black-headed gull
- Blue Tit
- Carrion Crow
- Common Gull
- Feral Pigeon
- Great Crested Grebe
- Great Tit
- Green Woodpecker
- Greylag Goose
- Herring Gull
- House Sparrow
- Little Grebe
- Long-tailed Tit
- Mute Swan
- Pied Wagtail (yarrellii)
- Reed Bunting
- Tree Sparrow
- Tufted Duck