I felt much in need of a goodish walk today so this morning I headed off for Richmond Park. The sun was shining and feeling warm, the sky was blue, the air was fresh - another wonderful winter's day!
Not too much about (to take pics of) in terms of the local birds - many Ring-necked Parakeets and a Green Woodpecker. The call of the Mistle Thrush as it flew over. Down on Penn Ponds about 30 Tufted Ducks and the usual mass of Black-headed Gulls. A couple of Mute Swans and a Great Crested Grebe.
I rather liked the colouring of the sun and sky in the water
The trees looked great with their stark shapes against the blue sky, and the bracken is now rusty brown in colour. No deer around today - at least not where I was.
After a quick call in at home to have a sandwich, I headed off for some later afternoon sun in Hampton Court. Got chatting to two different people so missed some photo opportunities - but it was great to talk. I met a very nice young French lady who was thoroughly enjoying Hampton Court gardens and was impressed with the amount of wildlife we have so close to London. She's hoping to discover Bushey Park... I'm sure she'll enjoy it!
On the way back, I passed many trees which bore mistletoe - very seasonal!!