I headed off for Painshill Park with the intention of taking pictures of Goosanders in good light for a change. The traffic was unusally heavy as I neared but it seemed to be by-passing the park entrance. I turned in - I turned around - I headed off! A combination of free entry, sunshine and half-term ensured that everyone had arrived. I wasn't queuing for the car park and the peace and quiet I needed was unlikely despite the park's vastness.
So where to? As I was near the main arterial road for Barnes a trip to the Wetland Centre seemed appropriate. 15 minutes later as I sat in solid traffic without moving, I was annoyed to be wasting the day. It transpired that there was a gas leak and subsequently the road repairs meant a contraflow system of north and southbound traffic - normally enjoying two lanes apiece!
Oh well - I headed off for Bushy Park thinking it unlikely I'd get in a car park but there were a few places left.
I had a walk for a couple of hours just enjoying the spring-like conditions.
Nothing new or different in terms of birds but...
this female Mallard obviously thought the day wasn't that bad either :)
Amazing how a bit of sunshine and warmth will lift the spirits. Pity it couldn't have lasted though :(