When it rains…

There is only word to describe today. Wet. Those volunteers and visitors brave enough to venture down to Waderscrape hide at Lyndon will vouch for the fact that conditions haven’t exactly been pleasant! It has certainly not been the sort of day you’d want to spend on an exposed nest in the middle of Rutland Water, but 5R and his mate have sat resolutely on the eggs all day. Here’s a video of the female incubating this afternoon, during a particularly heavy spell of rain.

The rain has relented once or twice, giving the birds a chance to change-over incubation duties. In this video the female takes over from 5R. Notice, in particular, how she curls her razor-sharp claws inwards to protect the eggs as she nestles down on them.