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Sunday, 27 July 2008

.. and the heat continues

The forecast thunder storms and rain have still not arrived and today dawned hot and sunny again. It would be nice to have a fresh breeze and then the sun would be great making my perfect day!

Whilst I was awake around 5.30 a.m. (not unusual for me) what was unexpected was that my grandson (who'd had extra reading time in bed last night) was voluntarily, not only awake, but up and out of bed at 7.00 a.m.!!

In view of this we got out before the day hotted up too much and headed for Bushey Park - arriving at 9.15 a.m. when the car park was almost empty. I love beating everyone else to the park in the earlier part of the day!

Around the pond a flock of about 30 Canada Geese were feeding, with one solitry Greylag Goose. Very many Egyptian Geese were keeping them company as was a fisherman who looked as though he'd been there for some time.

On reaching the Boating Pond (this is the proper name for the first pond), there were several boats on it today. Also several stalls to do with radio-controlled boats - I imagine it must have been some sort of event.

Eventually the Canada Geese flew in, in two or three flocks and landed to swim further up to another pond.

The family of 8 Egyptian Goslings are growing and the mallard brood were still in evidence.

We called in briefly to Middle Pond for a Dragonfly spot. Saw one common darter and that was it! Only to find on arrival at him, that one was around my garden pond again - hey ho - that's life :)

By now the sun is getting hotter and, by popular vote, we came home to cool down and be lazy for the rest of the day. So we've played games and I've a really long read - quite nice really!!

Not what I was expecting today..



Canada Geese arriving...


and landing in the Boating pond


to be joined by the lone Greylag goose who was one of the party

Spot the odd one out

The 9 Mallard chicks were swimming lazily about

in the company of the eight Egyptian Goslings.

Black-headed gull was happy to stay put on it's post

Back at home, a bee gathered nectar from the Buddleia
(and it really is this colour!)

Whilst the Common Darter spent sometime on this particular blade of grass.

3 comments:

Cheryl said...

Hi Tricia....I love the egyptian goslings, I have never seen those before.......canada geese are fairly common now but they still make interesting reading and photographs....years ago you were lucky if you spotted one.....

Yoke said...

Lovely pictures, Tricia; sounds you had a good day out.

No wonder Greylag Goose stayed at the back of the bunch! Poor thing must feel rather lonely.

Don't you love BHG's when changing colour? Makes them look rather sweet, I always think.

Great Dragonfly photo.

Carin Fuchs said...

Can I have one of them boats too, pretty please? LOL

That sure looks like you had a wonderful Sunday, judging by your wonderful pictures. Hard to tell, but I think I like best the picture of the landing Greylag goose.

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