I sat for quite a whole watching the young kestrels doing little practice flights. They are pretty good and did a bit of hovering. Such beautiful birds and a privilege to be able observe them flying to and fro from the box to the pylon. And flying over my ahead backlit by the sun. Stunning. Sitting there quietly I became very aware of other beasts lurking in the reeds and grass - but mostly invisible. What made that reed move? What caused that twig to crack? What was that rustle in the long grass ? You are never alone at Old Moor.
Sitting at the reedbad screen with the hot sun on my back I saw the usual suspects. Only the delightful pink lily and a dragon for company. From the reedbed hide it was coot city - a lot of squabbling going on! But the great crested grebe and juvenile gave a good show. Wow those little ones sure to make a racket. But how gorgeous are they :-)
Finally from the bttern hide there were three lovely little egrets - impossibly white in colour. Two great crested grebes each with a juvenile, came nice and close - again, much cheeping. I wonder if the parents swap over or if they stick with the same youngster. They were still feeding the young ones now and then but the novices caugth a few small fish and a lot of weed!
Many thanks for Kestrels!
2013 photos & vids here
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In reply to WendyBartter:
Wonderful set of photos W.E. a real nice mix of species and flora
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
In reply to HAZY:
Very nice Mary love the Kestrels and good to see they are doing well.
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In reply to Alan.:
Sounds like a great day with some great photos, too
In reply to Nigel O:
Very nice read Mary, thank you. I noticed the pink water lily too & I don't remember seeing them there before.
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