Water rail at Attenborough Nature Reserve

red-crested

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.Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 12.57.14