I scanned the vast expanse of water, first with my bins and then switched to ‘scope, slowly working my way around the fringes, but the only grebes were Great-crested Grebe, and the only terns were Common Tern (although both were here in large numbers).
I don’t know whether other birders have noticed, but using a spotting ‘scope for long periods of time screws you up. Having the vision of one eye vastly magnified for long periods of time, and the vision of the other eye completely restricted; closed to aid focus in the other eye. When I put the scope down, a weird asymmetrical sensation occurs.
I spent a bit of time watching Common Tern on the rafts with all the Black-Headed Gulls.
One pair were getting ‘close’ to each other if ya know what I mean…At first, the male didn’t really look like he knew what to do and he just stood on the female’s back for about minute:
But shortly afterwards things seemed to get … er… going.
Whilst interesting, it was another ‘day of disappointing dipping’ for me, or ‘DDD’ as I like to call it.