I'm puzzled to know whether this breeding pair already have a nest and young and are affirming their bond in this courtship ritual. We had seen the male bird, serene and seemingly alone but keeping close to the islet of reeds out in the water. I suspected he was close to his nest when his mate appeared and they danced. Now I 'd like to see their chicks riding high on a parent's back.
When one of the pair emerged from behind the islet of reeds plumage was slicked down, no sign of ruff and tippets.