Following my close-up encounter with the Great Crested Grebe family on the boating lake at Nottingham University Park (Highfields) I have made a couple more visits to see If I could get some more shots. On both occasions they were mostly grouped on the opposite bank but I managed some short video clips. I recommend going on to beestonbirdman.blog to view these video clips. Using the link in the email takes some time to download the files.
The male parent hurries in with a fish. Ignoring the older youngster he offers the fish to one of the new chicks who can’t cope with it so it goes to another chick sitting on the female’s back. You can just see it disappearing down the lucky chick’s gullet.
A chick tries repeatedly to get on Mum’s back without success and the male parent brings a fish for one of the others at the end of the clip.
The male parent came quite close to the bank on his fishing trips as did one of the juveniles from the first brood now able to fend for itself.
A couple of mallard ducklings and a rather bolshie swan made pleasing images in the bright sunlight.
Finally, from the garden, a goldfinch taking a drink reminds us to make water available and keep topping it up during this hot weather. I am pleased to report that we have had a few juvenile goldfinches visiting the feeders in the past week.