Today I met Hugh at the London Wetland Centre. It started off quite cloudy and chilly but eventually the sun came out for a bit.
We were surprised by the lack of birds on the water - lots of Gadwalls and the usual culprits - Moorhens, Coots etc. but nothing particularly noteworthy.
On our way in we were advised (by one of the volunteers) that there were Lizards normally found in the wooden wall of one of the hides. We duly trotted over not expecting to see them as the sun wasn't out - but hey - there were six of them.
Later on we were entertained by several Long Tailed Tits. I don't know if it was the same flock following us or different birds in different locations. Apparently several have been seen flying through and also flocks of Chiffchaffs too - but we dipped on those.
Dragonflies were about and I managed to get some OK shots of those.
I pleasant way to spend a Monday and in good company.
Common Lizards (I believe!)
Emperor (?) Dragonfly
Edited: with a bit of help, I'd now say this is a Migrant Hawker.
Great Crested Grebe
Chiloe Wigeon (collection bird)
I like these pink grass seed heads - I believe it's a Miscanthus of some sort.
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