Thursday, 7 June 2012


BNGs or Black-necked Grebes are rare breeding birds in the UK. There is, however, one site in Hertfordshire where a few pairs breed each year with variable success. This site is well-known by the local birders but, due to the rarity of the birds and the risk of disturbance or egg-collecting, the policy is not to disclose the site on public websites. The site must therefore remain as "somewhere in Hertfordshire".

I arrived at the site and settled down in the hope that one or more of the birds would swim closely by. I could see a number of BNGs, presumably the males, far out on the water but only Little Grebes came close to the side. Then, as luck would have it, a couple of birds emerged from behind one bank and proceeded to swim into the bay for a brief aggressive encounter with another pair. This was all I needed to grab a few shots.

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