Great Crested Grebes…February 2020

That time of the year had arrived when I look forward to catching up with the Great Crested Grebes at a local Nature Reserve.About now they begin their elaborate courtship and mating rituals and can make for some interesting images.The weather recently has been awful with constant rain and gales.Despite this I decided on a visit to the location.The weather was still very disturbed with frequent wintry showers and a strong wind.I was able to find some shelter and made a couple of afternoon visits to the site.

It was nice to find a pair of grebes present and I managed a few shots of them displaying.What was also very good was one of the grebes catching a nice sized perch which it took time to turn head first before swallowing.I have shown this sequence of shots in images 10-13.The robins at the site were also in fine form looking for handouts from passers by and made for a nice image.I also got nice images of a tufted duck showing off his splendid plumage and the ever present mute swans were also begging for food.A perched cormorant also made for a nice portrait shot.The final images are of blackthorn and primroses in bloom some of the first flowers to bloom.

Thanks for looking in and hope you enjoy the images below.

I will be back next month with more from my travels.