Malcolm and I had a walk around the nature reserve of Attenborough near Nottingham this morning and among the nesting Herons, squabbling Coots and honking Geese, two species stood out. Firstly, the Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus).
Netta rufina). I have mentioned these before having seen them occasionally on the lakes of Straw's Bridge, but we have rarely been lucky enough to get as good a view as this. This was the female, busy diving for food, so had to be 'snapped' as she popped up again.
The name 'Red-crested' is more obvious when looking at the male. This one was resplendent in his breeding plumage and with a bright, wax-red bill shining in the sunlight. What a glorious bird.