Reed buntings and little ringed plovers

Reed bunting male, 21 April 2014

On 21 April 2014, again to the “Baillon’s crake reserve”. There were many birds which we did not see there two days ago; like this male reed bunting.

Hybrid goose, 21 March 2014

Near the entrance, a strange goose. Looking like a bar-headed goose, but with only one bar, not two, on its head. A hybrid between a bar-headed goose and another goose species?

Grey lag goose gosling, 21 March 2014

Many grey lag geese with goslings.

A male common pochard swimming.

A male tufted duck.

Two adult coots with three chicks.

Above the southern lake, two common terns flying. My first common terns of this spring; probably returned recently from Africa; maybe even South Africa.

Moorhens mating, 21 April 2014

Near the northern end of the southern lake, two moorhens mating, with the female’s head under water for some seconds.

Then, a male reed bunting singing in a small tree. While the female perched on a reed stem not far away. Sometimes, they changed position.

Three coots, 21 April 2014

A bit further, coots quarreled about nesting sites.

On the northern lake, northern shovelers and teal swimming.

A barn swallow flying.

Black-tailed godwit, 21 April 2014

A few black-tailed godwits are left, now that their spring migration is almost over.

A redshank flies, and lands.

Gadwall couple, 21 April 2014

A gadwall duck couple.

Little ringed plover, 21 April 2014

Two little ringed plovers in mating season mood on a muddy islet.

Stay tuned, as there will be more about this nature reserve on 21 April!

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