First something great. Great news that this pair of great crested grebe have successfully hatched their first egg. Top left the sitting bird is feeding the baby a feather which is believed to help pellet formation of indigestible matter. In the bottom image the chick is being fed with a suitably small fish.
At the other end of the scale I had to tread carefully to avoid these tiny froglets as I was walking along the paths.
It makes a real change to see a wader of any kind in the ridge and furrow field designed to attract them. These are rather distant views of a green sandpiper which I am informed is nesting nearby. In the left hand image I was pleased to spot some purple loosestrife beginning to colour up. It is a common sight on shallow, sandy islands and brings back pleasant memories of the nature reserves I have visited over the years.
After many a try I was pleased to get a reasonable shot of a common tern in flight.
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