A rough day on the reserve today, but despite this there were reports of at least eight sand martin over Ibsley Water, so Spring migrants are still arriving. I missed seeing the martins but did see a little ringed plover. Other birds today were a small flock of black-tailed godwit which flew over, a single dunlin, the black-necked grebe, now in breeding plumage and a brambling. The bittern continues to be seen at Ivy North Hide, it is getting very late for it to still be here. At the end of the day it was sitting hunkered down in the reeds near the hide, looking miserable after a wet and windy day.
It did not look as though it was interested in anything other than keeping out of the wind and rain, however something caught its attention.
It certainly seemed worth investigating.
It certainly was!
Having made the capture the next trick is was to manoeuvre it into a swallowable position.
Turning a pike this big whilst it is still alive is no easy task.
Even when turned it was to wide to get down with mouth agape.
Now it was only going to go one way.
It is a good thing they have expanding necks!
It then stalked off, passing close to the hide to spend the night digesting, I would guess it won’t be flying off tonight so should still be around for at least another day.
A cracking way to end the day!