After I'd done the "domestic" bits this morning, I headed off for Painshill Park. I've been keeping an eye open for the pair of Great Crested Grebes ever since their single egg was predated! And on each visit ever since, I've seen them both there and very much a pair still but, no signs of any further nest building.
As I started walking around the lake, I espied this Grey Heron perched up very high on a dead tree.
and further around the lake dthis one had his eye on something - probably a meal of some sort!
May flies were everywhere and whilst this one was clinging onto a leaf, many others were indulging in their "bobbing up and down" flights.
Banded demoiselles were still evident but the numbers were fewer today. Damselflies abounded and it was great to see.
A flotilla of Greylag Geese and their goslings were swimming across the lake. Four adults and now 8 youngsters. The numbers of Greylag and Canada Geese goslings were, sadly, very much reduced from previous visits!
After the journey across the lake, these youngsters came onto dry land
followed by the four adults; some wing stretching was indulged in..
and of course, all youngsters need to practice their moves.
A cob Mute Swan was looking for something to eat and mostly being succussful.
I walked on getting further to where I normally see the Grebes and spotted one on its own out in the lake just swimming about.
I walked closer to the edge to get a better shot, when I noticed the other Grebe
nest! Whey hey! This was great news.
and, when she got off the nest, there was an egg! Great!
The both swan around for a bit and had a preen.
and eventually she made her way back to the nest; and whilst I was passing on the other bank later on, she was back on the nest again.
Nearby, a family of Mute Swans were growing up and beginning to feed themselves
and, of course, you need to get wet in order to eat
And finally I left Painshill with a spring in my step knowing that the Great Crested Grebes have had another go at ensuring the continuation of the species. Fingers crossed this time, they will have more success......
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