A cuckoo is a summer visitor to Britain, arriving from Africa in late March and April to breed. Instead of building their own nest, the females lay their eggs in other birds’ nests, especially meadow pipits, dunnocks and reed warblers. When a female cuckoo finds a suitable nest, and the hosts aren’t looking, she removes one of their eggs and lays her own egg in its place.
Location: Thursley Common, Surrey
Photographer: Dave Saunders