There was not much on offer today so I decided to sit near a freshwater pond and see what would unfold
I had seen this Whimbrel on my look around earlier. It had been a bit skittish and not allowed me too close. I was pleased therefore when all of a sudden it did a fly-by over the pond
There were two Western Reef Herons working the edges. This dark phase adult complete with plumes seen here taking a rest from feeding
And here walking in the shallows picking off whatever came within range. Mainly tiny fish but also any dragon-flies that ventured within striking distance
Also present was this lighter coloured individual that I think is a juvenile dark phase Western Reef Heron. Note the lack of plumes in this bird.
There was a constant stream of Eurasian Collared Doves that perched on a prominent look-out branch on top of a nearby bush. When the coast was clear they would fly down onto the rocks and hurriedly drink before flying off in a rapid burst of wingbeats
There was also a single Little/Saunder's Tern flying back and forth over the pond and occasionally dive bombing small fish swimming close to the surface.
Try as I might I just could not capture this hovering action with the Tern side on
The resident Mallard type Drake caught what looks like a baby Red-eared Slider Terrapin? It took plenty of "chewing" before it went down the hatch