I'm having to split today's outing into two parts - this is Part 1. Part 2 will be Richmond Park and very active Red deer.
Today I'd arranged to meet Hugh who has been wanting to photograph Deer with antlers and deer during the rut. As a result I offered to play "guide" for my local Bushey Park - and, of course, I've seen several there in the last few days, so....... I knew where they would be. Why is it when they've been highly visible for the past few days that they elect to disappear without trace when you really want them to be there.
We did spot a few, and this young man was sporting his courting hat:
Ah yes - a Ring-necked Parakeet. Well, it makes a change from seeing them on my feeders in the garden!
I wouldn't normally photograph Feral Pigeons - but these, although they looked as though they were swimming, were actually having a bathe
This young Jackdaw looked freshly scrubbed
In the pond by the entrance to the park, this Mute Swan was also having its bath
and a Cormorant had an excellent vantage point - from Diana's head!
We were then treated to a fly past of Canada Geese
(and this time, against a blue sky)
Eventually they settled down and proceeded bathe as well.
400 (no, not birds) and some chats
2 hours ago