Great Crested Grebe
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Lovely Weather For Ducks

I didn’t expect much from a soggy walk through the Cardiff Bay Wetlands, but it was worth a wander through whilst I was in that part of town. If not just for getting away from the school holiday crowds. Most of the smaller birds had taken cover from the rain, I could see leaves rustling whilst they hid away. Maybe I should have done the same in a coffee shop had it not been for the temptation of ‘what if I miss out on seeing some really great wildlife?’.

Great Crested Grebe

Thankfully I was rewarded by a smattering of wetland favourites, including the fancy-feathered Great Crested Grebe. Diving for long periods to find fish, insects, or other tasty water-based treats, it bobbed up to preen and gracefully potter about under the rainfall. This particular bird was confident and in close proximity to the rat-race of the bay; hard to imagine these were nearly extinct a few hundred years ago, but brought back from the brink by the RSPB which was set up due to their plight.

Great Crested Grebe

I still haven’t seen their elaborate courtship dance that they’re so famous for, so hopefully a few more trips down to the bay will mean I get to see that spectacle! Click here to see a great video of it.

Other Visitors

I found a few other feathered friends whilst in the area too, including some very photogenic Mallards and some distant Tufted Ducks. Lovely weather for ducks as they say!

Living wildly in Cardiff, Wales.

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