Over the past month a pair of Little Grebes have been nesting at Le Domaine, Hillcrest. After numerous attempts in trying to establish a nest they eventually found their perfect spot – a floating nest loosely attached to an overhanging reed.
They sat on this floating nest for about 3 weeks and we tried hard to see if they were on eggs.
Then viola, three tiny Little Grebes emerged.
At this point the nest broke loose and floated away. A fourth egg was seen in it and thought abandoned
but surprisingly after a full day unattended it too hatched.
At first it was hard to see the young as they hid under one parent or the other’s wings. Now they are no longer little Little Grebes as they get bigger and more visible every day.
We had a surprise in one of the photos that Frank Kihn took. He took a shot of one of the Little Little Grebes taking its first swim. When he got home he was hugely surprised with what he saw – see for yourself.
That was several days ago and still all four are seen regularly attempting to stay under cover of the wings!.
One of the residents at le Domaine – Di Wayne, took the following photo of a mystery duck seen on the property. The photo was taken 7 years ago and I thought it might still be of interest to our followers.
Sally and I have puzzled over its ID and believe it to be a female Wood Duck – native to North America.
Just to let you know that after being with us at Le Domaine for 4 months last year, the Half-collared Kingfisher is back. It was seen several times over the weekend. We are hoping this will be an annual ritual to which we can look forward. Paul & Sally Bartho