Saturday, 19 March 2011

All's fair in love and war

Leighton Moss on Friday was stunning. Warm, sunny and full of signs of spring including the "all's fair in love and war" which comes as birds and mammals get around to pairing up for some baby making.
Black Headed guls were making an absolute racket preparing to defend their territory which will evetually mean protecting eggs and then young from the circling marsh harriers, otters and other predators.
We saw a black backed gul gobbling up and enormous eel.
Lapwings with their electronic signal sounding noise soaring around with each other doing crazy aerial acrobatics (which are very hard to capture on camera)
Also the proud and graceful great crested grebes displaying to each other with a balletic dance involving swift head movements and fluffing up of beautiful crest. Witnessed them in anger though when a rival male shot across the lake and a violent scrap occured. It was quite a way away but managed to get the gist of it in pictures.
Went up to see if we could get any more shots of Swoop (our barn owl) but she was nowhere to be seen.

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