The Water Rail showed up again this morning and I was able to take some photos through the kitchen window... it appeared as I was watching the antics of a young Muskrat... concerned that it might be making for my new willows in the nursery area.
However, it surprised the Rail, which popped out from the vegitation it was skulking in.... the pair froze long enough for me to get to the camera bag and extract same... and get the camera out! They both seemed wary of each other, and I am sure that the rail's beak could be used defensively!
|The chicken netting is the 'protection' for the tree nursery... but I've seen a muskrat in there this year!|
Then later, Pauline spotted a Great White Egret having an argument with the local Grey Heron over who owned the fishing rights on the Aigronne... as the camera was out of the bag still, I managed to get a picture of the Egret in the field below Grandmont. Again taken through the window and at the maximum range really of the telephoto.
|We were able to watch it through the big 'scope and that allowed us to identify it.|
The salient points are... elegant heron-sized, all white bird with a 'broken' neck, black legs and yellow beak.
|Despite the roughness of the picture, the kink in the neck is clearly visible.|