Size relative to heron beak plus orange-black marbled ventral side
Looks like the exposed nest basis of a Coot or a Moorhen after this pond has been temporarily emptied.
The sequence shows the heron manipulating a newt it had caught for quite a while before it finally swallowed it.
The size and marbled orange-black belly (4th picture) strongly suggests that it was a Great Crested Newt, which is known from the area:
In love with, and fiercely defending, a greylag goose.
@tiggrx suggested last year that these might be Iris histrioides x reticulata hybrids.
Adding here not so much for its presence but to document flower phenology.
A few foraging despite an overcast sky and not very high temperatures
Is Peter back? Have to check the location of the white spots on previous pictures....
The willows are showing clear signs of early spring
Sorry for the lousy quality (extreme crop). I would appreciate any ID hints what the hawk might be (there's also a crow & gull)
The first honey bees seen foraging in the Hinterhof
The first seen this year!