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Monday, 24 August 2009

Bushy Park in the late afternoon

After a dental checkup and some grocery shopping (I don't know how I contain myself with all this excitement!) which was a fairly rude awakening to normality again, I escaped into Bushy for a walk towards the end of the afternoon. That way the light was better, the car park less full, and the noise from children on holiday, somewhat less!

The family of Mum, Dad and seven cygnets are still very much evident and doing well.

The cynets are now stretching their wings and practising wing flapping, moving a few feet at a time. I suppose it won't be long now before they are off.

Dad was demonstrating and offering flying lessons..




An inactive Black-headed Gull was contemplating life, water and beyond..

And this young Red-crested Pochard was busily following..

Mum

and a possible Dad was around and about..

Further along, these thistle-like flowers were the attractant for flutters

Many Small Coppers were finding the plants attractive.



On the way back to the car, a maturing young Fawn was around; keeping close to Mum still.


Just a short walk, but enough to stretch the legs!

13 comments:

Midmarsh John said...

Another lovely set of photos, Tricia. You always find plenty to delight us with on your outings.

oldcrow61 said...

It's good to hear that the cygnets are still doing well. That fawn is just lovely. Great pictures once again.

holdingmoments said...

Cracking shots Tricia.
The Small Coppers and the young fawn are beauties.

Chris said...

Wow a nice walk you did! I like the fawn pictures, but also getting news from the cygnet family. They are probably really large now and as you said almost ready to fly on their own! A beautiful post Tricia.

Tim Rucci said...

Amazing that you always see so much anytime you go to the park. Great stuff, and thanks for sharing the look.

Wilma said...

Great flight series! It so amusing to watch them "run" on the water as they land; you captured that bit in the last of the series. And the lighting on your butterflies was exquisite! I very much enjoyed your outing.

Tricia said...

John - thank you. I'm very glad you enjoy my outings.

OC - Thank you. It's great to know that they're all OK isn't it! It was lovely to see the little fawn - especially as I hadn't seen many deer before that.

Keith - thank you. I was so lucky with the Small Coppers as they all seemed to be concentrated on that one plant!

Chris - thank you. It will be strange not to see the cygnets about once they've "left home". They've become such a part of my visits recently.

Tim - Thanks. I do enjoy the variety the Park offers.

Wilma - Glad you enjoyed the outing and thank you.

You're right about swans "running" - sometimes I wonder if they're ever going to get airborne!

ShySongbird said...

Well you may not have gone far Tricia but you certainly 'saw life' I enjoyed Daddy Swan's flying lessons, the Small Copper (which I have never seen) and Bambi too! What more could we want? Great stuff :)

Roy said...

Great Swan flight shots Tricia.
What's it like - "life in the fast lane".???

Tricia said...

Jan - Glad you enjoyed my wildlife!

Roy - Thanks. Lol Surreal!

JRandSue said...

Hi Tricia.
Thank you for your kind words regardind our PC.Sue working hard to get it all up and running again.
Great set of Images as always.
John.

karen said...

A wonderful set of pics Tricia, on this, and your previous posts. Just LOVE the fluffy robin, and the fawn! Some lovely pics of the ducks too. x

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

What a cool visit of yours! :)

Nature is So Beautiful

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