I cut the remaining bit of grass today - and the mower wouldn't switch off. So I had to unplug it to stop it - then I plugged it back in again - and it started - all by itself! A quick trip back to the repairers fixed it and all is now well.
I then ascertained that my spare pair of (non self-darkening) glasses, that had the lens replaced as the original lens were wrong (!) were ready for collection. Duly collected these, did some essential food shopping and, on the way home at the end of the afternoon, treated myself to a quick trip around Bushey Park.
I bumped into a fellow photographer Mark (who's succumbed and upgraded his Canon 400D to the 50D), and he and I passed several enjoyable minutes photographing the birds in the boating pond.
And here we have the results. The sun was sinking in the sky although the light was strange!
The Mallard Family
And some Tufties going off to roost
"Please wait for me"....
A Red-crested Pochard in flight
Red Crested Pochard - male
Tufted Duck - female
Egyptian Goose in flight
Mallard enjoying an end of day rest
then joined by her partner
and one of the three Mandarin Ducks
I'd not taken any sort of jacket and by now I was getting very cold - temperatures have dropped a bit since yesterday.
Mark and I decided this was a good time of day for flying birds, the light and pictures, so - I might go back again late tomorrow afternoon so I can spend some more time.
Thanks for your company again Mark.
Success at the third attempt!
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