Addendum: Just following up from my post on Saturday (I'm now back at my PC)... after having arrived very late and equally red faced at Pete's on the Friday, not only was I greeted with a glass of the red stuff, but with the information that dinner would be about half an hour :D Pete had cooked - Thai Fish Cakes with breaded Prawns - a sweet chilli dip, mozzarella and tomato salad and chunky chips. And to round off the meal? A very indulgent, yummy and moor-ish Belgian Choccie Cheesecake. Oooh it was lovely and to be waited on hand and foot........ (I could get used to this!)
So back to home and normality...... The M25 was sweetness and light today, with just a little traffic. I sailed along with the radio on (not cricket or football this time :) ) whilst the sun had its hat on.
Right, thought I, I haven't been to Barnes (London Wetland Centre) for two or three weeks and felt it was due a visit. I wasn't expecting much in the way of birds, which was just as well really. But nonetheless apart from the year-round regulars, a Common Snipe and Black-tailed Godwit (flew in whilst I was there) entertained but wouldn't respond of my pleas "to come nearer, pretty please!)
On arriving this darter was dashing back and forth. I believe this picture would feature in any self-respecting school report as "could do a lot better" but, on the basis of practice makes perfect, one day... (and today, I even experimented with manual settings.....gosh my bravery sometimes amazes even me....)
A family of mute swans were having a brush up
The Common Snipe was having a meal..
whilst the Black-tailed Godwit was..... eating too!
except for the very occasional interval for a preen
Close by the hide, a Wood Pigeon posed in the afternoon sun..
and so did this young Tufted Duck
Mallards were.... well... being Mallards and just hanging about..
Around on the Wildside, four Migrant Hawkers were chasing about and not settling. However, given that, sometimes, everything comes to s/he who waits, one or two of them did settle..
It was very hot today (I even put the air con on on the way home!!!....) but despite this the signs of Autumn were about.
Erm erm - Elder berries?
A pleasant end to a great weekend!
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