Friday, 15 January 2010

Continental Cormorants murder Little Grebe

At Amwell Nature Reserve this afternoon a BITTERN walked across the Little Bunting ride below the watchpoint, 5 SMEW (male and 3 females on Hardmead Lake and a female on Hollycross Lake) and 3 female Red-crested Pochard on Hollycross Lake.

But all of this pales into insignificance compared with what I witnessed on the other side of Hardmead Lake. About 10 Cormorants seemed to be hunting as a pack when one surfaced with...........a Little Grebe. The grebe was lifeless, perhaps by being held under the water for some time and the Cormorant was trying to work out which way to turn it round to swallow it. I didn't see it go down but judging by the size of the bulge in the Cormorant's neck it wouldn't be taking off for some time (Alan Reynolds)

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