I've been missing from the blog scene for over a week it seems - had various family commitments and the camera has been gathering dust and I've been getting very (camera) twitchy. So I was delighted when I received a heads-up from Tim about the four youngsters that are there now.
Given the failure rate of the broods of Great Crested Grebes at Painshill Park, it's amazing that there are now 4 youngsters of one of the two pairs that are there. The other pair had their two predated and haven't really got it together again to produce any more.
I was meant to be food shopping but as soon as I got the text from Tim I headed over - and was well rewarded.
The water reflections and stipeyness of the little ones made taking pictures quite a challenge but I did manage a few; albeit some of them just record pics.
I sat on the bank and watched them for well over an hour. Mum and the four siblings stayed more-or-less in the same spot and during all this time, Dad was frantically fishing and feeding the young.
Just a few pics..
As we advance through the summer, some of the flowers are not going to seed but looking very pretty as they do.
And just a few flutters around... not that many. It was warm with a fairly cool breeze today and at one time, just sitting still, I was beginning to feel quite cool.