A cryptic resident in the pond

18 Feb

By cryptic I mean hidden – tending to conceal or camouflage: From the Latin crypticus, from Greek kruptikos, from kruptoshidden

There are two birds in particular that fit this bill that both live on the pond at the bottom of the Cliff which is really quite something for quite a moderately sized piece of water.

Today I managed to photograph one of them – the Water Rail (I know it’s not a very good photograph – but at least I finally captured it)

A really bad photo of a Water Rail - Sherston Cliff Feb 2012

The Water Rail typically skulks along the edge of the reeds and will vanish into the undergrowth at the slightest concern so you have to be quick..

The other bird which lives on the pond is the Dabchick or Little Grebe. It looks like a little duck and will dive underwater  when disturbed so all you often see is a splash. Photo to follow (with luck).

I ordered a new lens for my camera today. It’s much better that my current one so if the photo’s don’t improve it’s down to the photographer..


3 Responses to “A cryptic resident in the pond”

  1. John Rouse February 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    Great work Geoff!

  2. Nick Holland September 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    Saw the little grebe in the river at Easton Grey on Saturday

    • sherstonwildlife September 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

      Hi Nick, until a couple of years ago there were Little Grebe’s in the pond at the bottom of the Cliff. It’s become overgrown to the point there is very little open water – maybe that’s why they don’t seem to be there any more – but the Coot’s bred there this – first time I am aware of.

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