It's a Bank Holiday, so I decide to take the Panasonic FZ100 down to Attenborough. A lot of species are singing again before the big late summer lull, so I hope to get some goodies. I think it was a success.
I make my way to the tower hide and set up the scope. A Polish couple and their little daughter seem enthusiastic, but have a dodgy pair of bins between them, so I show them a beautiful Reed Bunting through my scope. They're thrilled!
As I sit in the hide, a male Goldfinch perches up. It's just a terrific afternoon with lovely light and I get some very pleasing images.
Thinking I had been lucky with the Goldfinch, a male Greenfinch does one better and perches even closer to the hide. He sings to the nearby female and adopts some very interesting postures, which I haven't seen before! It's a spanking bird and I leave the hide feeling pleased with myself and hopefully encouraged some people to pursue the hobby.
I rendevous with my Mum who has been shopping, and we have a tea and scones in the Nature Centre. I go out back, as there's normally something of interest in the garden, and sure enough a Blue Tit is feeding chicks in a nest box. The adult comes to the nest with a bill full of squishy caterpillars.
As we leave the centre, I show her a pair of Coot, which are nesting right next to the causeway. The female is keeping her fluffy chick snuggled as the male brings titbits to the nest. It's a lovely sight.