My apologies as, once again, my posts are becoming like buses - nothing for ages then....
I awoke this morning to find that, as dawn broke, the sun came out and the sky was blue; and the wind had dropped. So I headed off for the London Wetland Centre in search of birds and Bitterns. Nothing particularly noteworthy in terms of birds; the water level after the torrential rain had risen considerably; not good for waders!
But the Bittern was finally spotted in a different place from where I'd seen it before. It stayed shy for most of the time but eventually ventured a little nearer the waters edge before disappearing into the reeds again. Miles away so only a record shot.
Whilst we stood waiting and waiting, this Canada Goose flew overhead.
Finally I abandoned my watching post and came across this Great Crested Grebe having a stretch..
Up in a bush as the day wore on, a Robin serenaded me with it's wonderful song. There's something about Robins of which I shall never tire...
A Shoveler posed on my way out..
and the sun caught the Swan statue at the foot of Sir Peter Scott.
As the sun was getting lower in the sky, I popped in to Bushy on the way home. Loads of people about so didn't stay long and hadn't the daylight time to go much further into the park.
A Mallard caught the sun as it preened
And the ever present Black-headed Gulls were competing for food as usual..
Lovely to have the sun and no wind or rain. Charged the batteries somewhat....
Padstow & Lanhydrock
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