Water rail at Attenborough Nature Reserve
In March, we went to Attenborough Nature Reserve near Nottingham. Straight away, we saw some Egyptian geese, like the one below that I photographed. They are none native, so they probably escaped from somewhere and started breeding. Another un-native species that lives at Attenborough is the red-crested pochard. We also saw some goosanders, males and females. There were some great crested grebes, and some were still in their winter plumage. We saw loads of long-tailed tits, but the very best bird we saw was a water rail! It was my first one. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a film, but we got quite a good view of it skulking of into the bushes. They are very elusive, and one of the most hard to see birds in the UK.