Along with Mute Swans, Coots and Moorhens, Great Crested Grebes are a regular feature on the Broads and may be seen doing their elaborate mating displays, including the ‘penguin dance’, in the Spring and later carrying their black and white ‘humbug’ young on their back.
The Kingfisher is also present and The Waterside Bird Hide and the area in front of the hide is currently being improved to encourage kingfishers to fish there and subsequently provide excellent views and photographic opportunities.
In Winter the Broad is home to good numbers of wildfowl, including Pochard, Tufted Duck, Teal, Wigeon and Mallard.
Goldeneye regularly occur and the resplendent drakes can be seen ‘throwing’ back their heads in a courtship display to the slightly dowdier ducks.
Along with the Great Crested, some of the rarer Grebes occur, including Slavonian and Red-necked Grebe and in January 2012 a Great Northern Diver was found here and could be seen from The Waterside.
The magical sight and sound of skeins of Pink-footed Geese flying over is another feature in the Winter here and along with Marsh Harriers, a wintering Hen Harrier may well be encountered.
The alder carr surrounding the Broad attracts wintering flocks of Lesser Redpolls and Siskins which feed on the catkins and wandering mixed Tit flocks including Marsh and Long-tailed may also include a Goldcrest or two.
Chinese Water Deer (an introduced species) can be seen in the area and, if not seen, will be heard (a pretty ‘blood curdling’ sound!), particularly during December and January, during their rutting season.
Another maybe peculiar sound (like a pig squealing) you may hear coming from the reed edges is that of the Water Rail which is quite a secretive bird but can be seen, particularly in the Winter, when freezing conditions force them out to look for more accessible food.
Otters are now widespread in the Broads and, therefore, there is always a chance of seeing what used to be a very rare mammal.