What was the weather going to do today. Well it started bright and sunny and not too hot, so off I headed to London Wetland Centre Barnes. I didn't expect to see much but thought I might bump into a few familiar faces - which I did!!
Saw 4 Little Ringed Plovers, one of which may have been sitting on a nest. The usual culprits other than that with the exception of those pictured below! Pleasant morning then around lunchtime the rain clouds gathered and shed their watery load - so time to stop for a bit to eat and a drink. Wasn't that hungry (and the prices are a tad steep in my view) so I had a refreshing and healthy home-made Museli with bio-yoghurt and raspberry compoet with a Latte - very nice!
As I started my trip around the reserve I'd heard the alarm call of the Wren and then managed to find it! I don't know why it kept calling but....
Walking near the "Lagoon" I came across the family of Great Crested Grebes. The four young had now been reduced to two in number - one of the parents was fishing and feeding the young. The other parent was not to be seen - although I understand it had been around earlier and each parent had one of the youngsters.
This one was fishing to feed the family..
and when you're young you have to learn to do things for yourself..
but parents can give a helping hand (or beak) when needed..
What the meal was who knows?? It looks more crablike than anything else!
Dinner over the two young swam about on their own. What I then witnessed was very odd (IMHO); one of the youngsters started pecking its sibling on the head. This is did about 6 times and throughout all of the this, the victim kept its head tucked down and to one side, as the following pictures shows!
And then onward and from one of the hides, a Black-tailed Godwit in breeding plumage. So far away for the camera but through the binocs, the plumage was wonderful!
(Record shot only!)
Several 6-spot Burnet moths had just emerged..
This is horribly over-exposed as far as the grass is concerned, but I quite like the effect.
I don't know what these flowers were, but like them - as did the bee!
Honey bees abounded..
as did the Bumbles
This insect - a beautiful irridescent green, was on the convolvulus - don't know what the insect is however!
Lilies bloomed colourfully
and far out a Ruddy Duck was lazily swimming around
This crazy coot has to learn that it can't balance on a thin edge - this particular thin edge belonging to one of the sculptures. Photographically this was a nightmare, as the sculpture was very shiny metal and the sun was out!
And so home with a quick stop at Tescos for something to eat for supper!
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