Monday, June 8, 2009

Unlikely nesting companions

I mentioned a several days ago that on Greenland Dock, where the former entrance to Norway Dock forms an inlet under the Norway Swing Bridge, a litter-covered pontoon is being shared by a pair of coots and a pair of grebes. On the way back from the Deptford guided walk yesterday (see post below) I got off the 199 bus just outside South Dock and walked past the boats until I reached the inlet.

Sure enough the couples are still sharing accomodation. In the top photo you can see the coot, at the top centre of the photograph on her tall nest. If you look carefully you can just make out a flash of colour to the far right of the photo, about half way down, which is one of the grebes (easier to see if you click on the photo to enlarge it).

In the second photo you can see the grebes who have nested precariously and unimpressively on the edge of the pontoon just below the coot's reed tower. Both sets of parents have been making use of all the litter to line their nests.


Deptford dame said...

oh I love grebes, I will try and make a trip down to see them!

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