I was going to the London Wetland Centre yesterday but as it was a very dull day with the threat of rain I decided against it.
So instead, most of all day yesterday, I undertook a major gardening task of removing my side of an 8' high by 12' long hedge. It was tedious, dusty, tiring and unpleasant!! I've now shredded most of the branches but just a bit more to be done and the tidying up. I awoke this morning aching and feeling stiff.
I then read on Birdmad's blog that a Purple Heron had been seen at LWC yesterday! Doh! So guess where I went today. I joined several other birders in the Peacock Tower and learned it hadn't even been glimpsed let alone seen. So after a bit I decided to wander round the reserve.
However, as I walked to the Peacock Tower I bumped into someone I knew and we watched a juvenile Hobby hunting then being mobbed by a crow (if one bird can "mob" that is). It circled higher and higher and eventually flew off. It had been seen close to the hide earlier - but not by me.
Later on in the day, a Kestrel hunted high up and away; I can never tire of watching birds of prey high up in the sky!
Lizards were about and this was a very young one and the first spot of the day. It was so tiny it could have curled up on my finger nail!
Further along on some rotten timber, there were some adults about.
In terms of birds, it was very very quiet. I saw a wren and that was just about it in terms of small birds.
This little one was examining a rotten leaf in the water
before being fed by mum.
Out on a tern raft were an adult and baby tern (far to far away for a picture). Eventually one of the adults flew nearer but only for a record shot.
I then heard the calls of a warbler; from the calling noise made and this eventual sighting I'm inclined to think it's a youngster and a Reed Warbler?
Two moorhens faced each other with aggression
before turning and attacking each other
a third bird then joined in the mêlée
Around in one of the enclosures, a black swan was preening
I then came across a very confused little Tufted Duck. It thought the Mallard was Mum
and as the Mallard ran around (it seemed as though she was looking for something), the little Tufty ran around after her.
Much further along was a Mum Tufty who was looking a bit worn..
with her brood of three young ones. I may have said this before, but I've never seen so many families of Tufties as I've seen there this year!
And on leaving the enclosure I came across this Eagle!!
(Well if you look at the picture with one eye closed and squinting through the other, it might be a real one) :D
And the Purple Heron - still not seen by the time I headed off for home :(
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