Given the forecast stated heavy rain this afternoon I headed of for fresh air, exercise and birds at Barnes.
Yesterday, I'd had another visit from the Sparrowhawk who seems to like this particular branch of the apple tree. The secateurs are coming out tomorrow to remove the dead twig....
The sun shone for a bit and I saw that rarity again - blue sky!!
This little Grebe came a bit closer than normal and fortunately the reeds in front of the hide have now died down a bit!
Everything else was too far away for any reasonable pictures. However, on my way back to the visitor centre, I came across a flock of Long-tailed Tits and also.....
I was looking into the sun, but was hopeful...
So I managed to walk underneath and around to the other side and I wasn't disappointed!
Chiff-chaff; one of three of them.
S/he then did a little hop
before turning around to face the other way.
Further around the sky clouded over and the wind got up, causing this Wren to have a bad hair day!
I'm sure this is the same frenetic Grey Heron I saw the other day. Again it was jumping up and down and "pecking" at vegetation in the water.
And finally, as the rain started on my way out, this cygnet decided it might as well have a sleep.
And so to do some food shopping and finally home; the promised rain had arrived now!