Kingfisher mink predation last night
Last night we had another predator attack, this time something very rarely seen, let alone filmed - a mink raiding a kingfisher nest.
The camera wasn't live on the web at the time, but the footage was recorded.
The first time we spotted the mink it was coming towards the kingfisher burrow, but it seemed to know exactly where it was going.
Mink crossing towards the nest
It climbed into the kingfisher burrow - we've enhanced this image so you can see it.
Mink climbing into kingfisher burrow
The mink came out of the hole and swam across the river, where it stashed the chick and returned towards the nest.
This time, dramatically, one of the kingfisher adults dive-bombed the mink several times.
The mink reached the hole and was seen leaving with a chick in its mouth. Again the parent kingfisher dive-bombed the mink.
We filmed it entering the nest four times and leaving with a chick on three occasions.
Later on, the mink was seen to be moving the previously stashed kingfisher chicks, possibly for its own young; it appears that it took six from the nest in total.
Mink moving its stash of kingfisher chicks
This morning, the kingfisher parents were seen bringing fish to the nest, only to emerge still holding the fish.
We'll have the video footage of this remarkable event on the show tonight.