Ruff Birding

I did not recognise this bird at first, thinking it might be a juvenile gull but a fellow birder identified it as a ruff that had been around the ridge and furrow field at ANR for some time. It has a damaged left foot which accounts for its hobbling gait and possibly why it is hanging around.

I have been keeping an eye on a great crested grebe nest for some time and was not surprised to find it washed away by the the recent foul weather (when we were on holiday!) But all was not lost. I caught sight of an adult GCG with a juvenile close by which was soon joined by another adult bringing a fish for the youngster. The family party was a bit distant but I hope you can see the baby on one adult’s back being fed by the other clearly enough.

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