I'd intended going to Bookham and Effingham Commons today - not visited either before but was in search of flutters as well as birds and, although the sun shone initally, it then clouded a bit. So, the car decided it wanted to go to the London Wetland Centre and save itself for Bookham et al on a sunnier day - and who am I to argue!! :D
Met the usual crew of acquaintances there and we were all fascinated by the group of 5 magpies who were feeding of carrion!
Several Teal about and a few Gadwall. All the usual suspects but nothing moving around much.
But before that, I'd stopped at the usual "Lizard" spot. It was just warming up and the sun was in and out; therefore the lizards were out sunning themselves and warming up for the day ahead.
A group of 5 magpies were feasting and arguing!
Out on the water, Mum and child Little Grebes were much more in harmony!
Whilst another bird decided to take off for pastures new...
A Kestrel hovered overhead - by now the sky was grey and overcast!
On my way back to the visitor centre, some considerate birders pointed out three
Wasp Spiders! Apparently the numbers are vastly reduced this year (at least at the LWC)
The underside of the spider
And, after very carefully parting some of the grasses - the right side...
(I'd been there for a bit before I was, very politely, reminded by one of the WWT volunteers that I had transgressed by straying off the path. Duly chastised, I move on!
Flutters and bees seemed to be in abundance..
And, although the sky was dull and grey for most of the remaining time, this was a cheery note to leave on!
Noon Image: 19 Dec 2014
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