Egrets, Terns and Grebes

A second batch of pictures from yesterday’s visit to Attenborough Nature Reserve.

A little egret showing its striking black legs and bright yellow feet on the ridge and furrow field designed to encourage wading birds. I saw my first little egret on the Lagoon in Venice many years ago but now this elegant member of the heron family is a common sight in the UK.

It was a pleasure to see the great white egret again, this time in better light conditions. In contrast to the little egret it has yellow on its upper legs and black from the ‘knees’ down. The beak colours are a good distinguishing feature between the two species..

A few terns were doing their acrobatic patrols, diving into the water when spotting something edible.

I caught a brief view of the pair bonding display of a pair of great crested grebe on the River Trent and I was pleased to see a nest right next to the walkway up to the visitor centre. Let’s hope they successfully raise a good number of their ‘mint humbug’ striped grebelings (I just invented that word 🙂 )

That’s all for now folks. Hopefully, with a good weather forecast (in the UK), we will all have an enjoyable weekend. Stay safe and enjoy the wildlife. Hello to all visitors to around the world and please consider following the blog so you don’t miss anything.


  1. Jenny Langran · May 28, 2021

    Hi Ray, lovely photos. I just wanted to ask: where was the great egret? I haven’t seen it in a while. Also, I believe baby grebes are called grebettes (which sounds like the name of a band from the 1960s!).


  2. beestonbirdman · May 28, 2021

    From both screens on the main path


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