An indication of winter's approach was noting the (now) 9 Goldfinches at the feeders in the garden this morning. They were kept company, off and on, by a Nuthatch, a couple of Blue Tits, Great Tits, 5 Greenfinches, 9 Ring-necked Parakeets, 5 Wood Pigeons (eating all the Holly berries - please leave some for the Redwings!), a Jay and a couple of Chaffinches.
As the sun decided to shine today, I had a quick trip over to Barnes (WWT London Wetland Centre) this afternoon. Several Lapwings around, some Gadwall, Teal, Mute Swans, Egyptian and Canada Geese, Coots, Moorhens, Heron, Cormorants, Little Grebes, and several Shoveler. Unfortunately, most of the birds were at the furthest point away so couldn't get many pics.
These two Little Grebes would not turn to face the camera
and this Mute Cygnet wouldn't move for me to get a shot without grass!
Collection birds I know, but this Eider was one of a few, and posed nicely
White faced Whistling Ducks were also on the move
and I think this is a female Ringed Teal
But the STARS of the show today, were the much underrated
Mrs. Mallard, having stretch....
and Mr. Mallard who'd just had a dip in the water.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Mallard stole the show for me!
A pleasant couple of impromptu hours.
Padstow & Lanhydrock
13 hours ago