I think the sun has become very self-conscious whereas the cloud and rain are confidently dominating over the last couple of days. Not nice!!
On the way back from the supermarket, I stopped off at Esher Common and had a wander around the Black Pond area - nothing about and a distinct lack of bird song. Heard Great and Blue Tits and, as I was leaving, five Long tailed tits brightened the day somewhat.
Crossed the road and had a wander along the river before wandering back up the hill through the Ancient Wood. Nothing to report - again, very little bird song and very few birds.
When looking (unsuccessfully) for the Great Crested Grebes in Bushey Park the other day, I also had a check on the two, very different, Egyptian Geese Goslings. The difference in their size is becoming more apparent as they age. The smaller of the two still looks very much like a fledgling whereas its sibling is going into its teens! It's interesting the great difference between them.
It's difficult to believe that these two are from the same parents.
Although this is the smaller Gosling, it still doesn't look very well developed. Fingers crossed it's going to be OK.
whereas this one looks so plump and healthy.
Mum was have a snooze
When the sun was shining a few days ago, I was experimenting with my Macro lens and using the "Active View" of the camera.
Bud of Snakeskin Maple (in the garden) - now in leaf
and also in the garden, the flower buds of Amelanchier.
Using the large lens..
And in Bushey Park, a pink Magnolia just in flower
whilst an Azalea was in full flower
Rhododendron almost blooming
and more colour
Well - at least it's something to brighten a very very dull day!
Please can we have some better weather, light, warmth and sunshine very soon?
I'm beginning to get withdrawal symptoms without being able to get out to see birds and wildlife and the camera is feeling very neglected!
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