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Monday, 1 August 2011

Tringford Afternoon Bird Watching

Having decided to record both the Qualification and Race Day for the Hungaroring Grand Prix, I was free to visit the Tringford reservoir in the sunshine and to relax in the bottom of the boat moored at the jetty, so that I was as low as possible to try to capture some of the birds more intimately.

I was really lucky, one of the grebe had a late offspring and was cruising around with its single young chick on its back in the comfort of its wings. Some of the time it would disappear entirely from view, and on one occasion I spotted the parent diving and no sign of the youngster and for a moment thought it had decided to drown it, but I maligned him. I said ‘him’ because it would seem that the male does the passenger carrying whilst the female does the food-finding, though in this particular case I never spotted a mate.

I was lucky to capture some of the herons, and ironically a cormorant; not welcomed at this reservoir as they tend to attack the fish for sport not food, so many of the trout show signs of repeated wounds from these birds. This particular cormorant had been ringed as can clearly be seen in some of my shots. There were a few common tern, and black-headed gull doing some fishing, but they seem only to be competing with other birds rather than taking the larger fish such as trout and tench from the anglers.

I returned home much later to watch Button win the race with Lewis a lowly fourth, but what exciting racing! Thanks to being able to defer the racing I got the best of both worlds over the weekend.

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