Back to Painshill for an amble this afternoon - I'd had other things to do today, so going further afield wasn't an option.
Just a bit of info. about Painshill.
It's an 18th century park which was created by the Hon. Charles Hamilton who built up the area to some 250 acres. Hamilton owned the park until 1773 when he sold it as he had run out of money! It was then owned by a succession of private owners until the outbreak of WW2. Then in 1948 the decay of the park started when the Baroness de Veauce (one of the new owners), split the estate from the mansion and sold the park in several lots. The Trust was formed in 1981 to start the long process of restoration. Some of the original features remained although hardly recognisable from the years of neglect.
I tried to find the (reported) second Great Crested Grebe nest but couldn't find it at all in the spot where it's supposed to be. However, the other one is still active with the egg(s) still being incubated. Saw both of the pair this afternoon which is good!
As I started off, I decided to walk clockwise around the lake (14 acres) thereby keeping the lake on my right. One of the first birding moments was this family of Egyptian Geese. Sadly only one Gosling.
I'm not sure if this Mallard has been injured going by the feathers on the right-hand side of his head.
Here he was rubbing his head against his shoulder
and then went on to have a more general preen.
When you first start your journey around the lake (in the direction I took today) you first come to a small inlet before walking around it to the right. And this is where I found the Egyptian Geese trio. I know that at least two of the families have lost some young already due to predation.
Now having gone around a right-hand curve, looking back to the end we've just left.
Walking further along the view back gets bigger until
and a bit further along, looking back from whence we came
Turning around to face where we are going now, as we walk over on the opposite south facing bank, the vine is clearly visible.
and looking forward, but further into the distance, the vine is still on the right-hand bank
Now the Ruined Abbey comes into view.
The bank on which the Ruined Abbey stands, is NOT the other side of the lake as such, but one of the sides of the peninsular. This starts at the end where we first joined the lake and finishes are the far end. The Ruined Abbey, as with all the other structures in the Park, are follies and if you go around to the back of the Abbey this becomes evident. But I won't spoil the illusion!
Walking along the lakeside with the peninsular bank still on the opposite side
And near a curve in the lake, we look back to where we started!
Here the "Chinese Bridge" bridges the gap between the Peninsular and Grotto Island.
So, we continue towards the far end of the lake, but on the way get very distracted by a family of two adult and five goslings of Canada Geese. So now I've seen (not all here) Egyptian Geese Goslings; Mallard ducklings, and Coot young.
And this is where, for the moment, I have to pause in my guided tour. More will come over the next few days.........
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