Today, to the “Baillon’s crake reserve”.
I did not see that very rare crake species which nested here a few years ago.
Only the two most common species of the rail family: moorhen and coot.
Also I did not see today the little ringed plovers which I had seen in spring.
This video says about itself:
A Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) foraging. Note the way it uses its feet to trick the prey from the mud. I hadn’t seen this behavior before. Interesting!
Near the entrance, gadwall ducks in a canal.
On the windmill, one great cormorant on the upper whip, and three cormorants on a horizontal whip.
A female marsh harrier flying over the northern lake.
Two adult spoonbills.
Two courting great crested grebes.
The juvenile Egyptian geese near their usual spot.
The male and female ringed teal are more to the east then last time, in a marshy part of the northern lake not so far from the railway canal.
Shoveler ducks in the northern lake.
And then, rain … lots of rain.
Marsh harriers have bred at RSPB Scotland’s Loch of Kinnordy nature reserve for the first time since records began. After months of anticipation and close monitoring of a nest, staff and visitors were rewarded with the sight of the two juvenile birds gliding over the reed beds: here.
Hen harrier photos: here.
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