On March 13th/14th Members of the RPS Nature Group visited Summer Leys and Stanwick Lakes in Northamptonshire, respectively. Sunday was a cool, grey and sometimes wet day but the Monday was beautiful with warm sunshine and light breezes (Stanwick Lakes by Carole Harvey).
The target species was the Great Crested Grebes and there was certainly plenty of pairs to choose from. As expected, most of them kept their distance but most of us observed at least the preliminary head shaking displays and one or two witnessed the full weed dance.
Up to 13 Bullfinches kept us amused at Summer Leys on the Sunday together with various water birds but the conditions were so much better for photography at Stanwick on Monday that most of the photographs are from there (Bullfinch at Summer Leys by Dave Belton; Coot by Jane Moore)
(Teasels by Laraine Green; Mute Swans by Dave Belton)
(Greylag Goose by Kit Robinson; Muddy Mallard by Dave Belton)
(Goosander Pair and In the Hide by Ann Miles)
For more events to attend go to Nature (rps.org)