On the way back from North Yorkshire I took a short detour off the A1 to Potteric Carr which is just on the southern outskirts of Doncaster. A gem of a reserve, managed by The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. I had heard that a pair of Black-winged Stilts had bred and raised four young and this was a species that I had never seen in the UK. Quite a long walk to where the action was but the hide quickly revealed a few Little Egrets.
A Kingfisher perched up briefly.
And right in front of the hide, a Water Rail.
After a tense few minutes I had views of both Stilts and very distant views of two of the chicks. The light was difficult, but here are a few shots of a very elegant wader.
A great reserve and great birds!
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