It’s been a fortnight since my last visit to Hartsholme, so I thought it was about time to visit again.
I arrived just after 07:30 and like normal, there were a few Rabbits around scurrying to and fro; however, some of them were more concerned about eating the grass than running off like their families. Although I couldn’t get too close, I did manage to get a few good shots:
However, the main reason to visit was to check how the Coots I’ve been watching for the last few weeks were doing.
When I arrived at the nest site, I was disheartened slightly as the nest was empty. I could however hear the young Coots because they have a very distinctive chirrup sound. I noticed this single guy swimming around:
After feeding the young Coots, one of the parents started to rebuild the nest. Coots have been known to have 2 broods per year so this isn’t uncommon:
I took a short video of the Coot as it seemed to be stomping down on the nest (I apologise for the voice of myself and Richard in the background):
Surprisingly there was not a single Canada Goose in Hartsholme today nor did any large flocks arrive en masse?
After we’d been at Hartsholme for a while Richard and I went back to one of the larger areas near the front of the park to see if we could entice some Squirrels out using the monkey-nuts I brought with me. Although we did see some squirrels , they were moving very fast and didn’t touch the nuts. I was hoping for something like this shot I took in August 2007(Canon EOS 1D MkIIN):