Predation……

Last spring DKG, our in-house photographer, found a bluetit’s nest in a hole in one of our veteran oaks.  A couple of days later, he set up a hide, hoping to photograph the parent birds bringing food to their young.

He found no bluetits.. . .  .  .   .   .

Stoat 1

A stoat is a fearsome hunter, capable of taking prey much larger than itself; a nestful of baby bluetits would have been little more than a snack. This one checked the nest, just in case there might be a second helping, and settled into the nesthole to sleep.

Stoat 2

A stoat is a testament to our park’s increasing biodiversity; it takes a whole ecosystem to support a top predator.  The Friends of the park and the Countryside Team are to be congratulated.

 

photographs by DKG

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