I met Hugh (a friend of mine) today at the LWC. As I arrived the sky was amazingly black so we decided to have a cuppa. Just as well as the heavens opened and the rain fell!
It eased off gradually so we decided to venture forth. Not that many birds about and, of course, neither the Water Vole or the Bittern were anywhere to be seen.
However, there were large numbers of Martins about and I'm pretty sure they were Sand Martins. However, no signs yet of Sand Martins nesting in the Sand Martin bank. Perhaps a bit too early.
Hugh spotted a Kestrel; but unfortunately it decided to hover the "wrong" side of a tall tree.
However, there were some birds that justified a picture or two and many youngsters to be seen.
By 1.00 p.m. the sky turned very black again so we headed off for some lunch. Just as well as we had another torrential downpour with thunder and lightening this time.
A good morning though and very good company. Thanks Hugh :)
Before you reach the Visitor's Centre there is a sculpture
of Sir Peter Scott with two swans looking up at him.
Very appropriately a swan had made her nest at his feet.
A fitting tribute to a great man.
A young Coot...
and another a little older.
Great-crested Grebes were much in evidence
A flotilla of Mallard ducklings..
and one came to check us out.
A Moorhen was having a bath. The following is
a sequence of pictures as s/he ducked and came
Snakeshead Fritillaries were bobbing their heads
..and at this point, we retreated for lunch.
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