Saturday, 3 March 2012

Return of the Northern and dancing Grebes.

Lovely afternoon at Surlingham, just nice to be out. I certainly did not expect to hear the Northern Bullfinch again, but the bird remains, elusive as ever, calling from scrub near the Warbler bench for those that know the reserve. At least 3 Eurasian around today too.
Other bits and bobs included Siskin and Redpoll overhead, a super mixed flock of Thrushes comprising (mainly) Redwing with a few Fieldfare, Starling and 2 Mistle Thrush. Winter won't let go, yet. Duck numbers significantly lower on the lagoon, but the Shelduck have returned. Little Egret showing well from the hide, Grey Heron over.
I was lucky enough to have my camera with me to film a pair of Great-crested Grebe in a courtship dance. I rounded the river bend and saw both birds up in each others' faces, so quickly pressed record and watched the following unfold (best bit is the start, I'll be honest!)

Need to get a tripod.....
Some stills of Surlingham.

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