After a really great weekend I woke on Monday morning to brilliant sunshine! NO I DIDN'T, I must have been dreaming again. Grey skies and clouds, and lots of the wet stuff. I'd various items planned for today and all of which relied on reasonable weather. So pottered about a bit and noticed the rain had stopped and clouds were breaking up.
I hadn't been to my local patch (Bushey Park) since before my holidays so grabbed camera and headed off.
As I drove into the park, swifts were swooping over the Diana Fountain pond and across the entry road; so low that, as they swept in front of the car, they were at my eye level.
Walked around the main pond (known as the Boating Pond). House Martins and more Swifts everywhere, probably making a meal from the insects - there in plenty no doubt as a result of the rain. Various birdies about including the usual Grey Heron and posing Cormorant - coots everywhere, and, a new batch of 8 Egyptian Geese Goslings. Other youngsters about too; young Fallow Bucks growing this year's antlers; Mandarin Ducks in the Woodland Gardens - the males going into eclipse. Another appearance of the Cape Teal and Grey Squirrels scampering about.
At least in Bushey Park there are so many wide-spreading trees that you can shelter from the rain.
Later on I went to Claremont Gardens to see what was about. A couple of Chiloe Wigeon (captive), one of the Black Swans (captive) but about 25 Greylag Geese and the inevitable Canada Geese. I only managed a few pics before the heavens opened; consequently I took this as a sign and decided to call it quits for the day.
And now as I type this - thunder, lightening and torrential rain. Is it really summer?
I have had several attempts to publish my post today. More thunder storms and, under these circumstances, I lose my internet connection - this is sooo annoying!!
One of the regular Cormorants posing..
and this Grey Heron was occupying a Coot's nest!
Don't think Black-headed Gulls can read?
A rather scruffy young Jackdaw
and two quarrelling elders!
And in the Woodland Gardens
a male Mandarin Duck
the pretty female.
a pair of Mute Swans
Love 'em or hate 'em, they do pose for the camera so well
Out into the main park again and back to the car...
Fallow Bucks grazing.
Now, does my new grass hat suit me this way? or
is this one better?
ah - life's a breeze!
Wonder what that is up there?
And to conclude, a couple from Claremont Landscape Gardens
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