Yesterday, Spring happened!! I went off to Painshill to try to photograph the Goosanders in good light. Good light there was in abundance; Goosanders had left 10 minutes before I arrived!! They seem to be coming and going so I'm still hoping for a bright day before too long..
All the usual birds about but I concentrated mostly on landscapes which I will save for another day.
After Painshill and some necessary food shopping I headed off for Bushy Park. By now it was mid afternoon and the sun was beginning to sink. I hear and saw a Great Crested Grebe - it was calling for its mate. After searching I saw the second bird and so did the Grebe. And now it is getting towards 4.30 p.m. and the sun is low.
I took a chance and took this shot straight into the sun; I quite liked the sunlight lightening the Heron's beak.
And now the stars of the day. This Grebe was calling and sinking its head and neck low along the water..
accompanied by stretching the neck upwards..
They then both dived and came up with some weed. By now the sun was really low although it was a wonderfully warm colour..
This was obviously only a practise run as it lasted for just a few seconds before they stopped and swam off together. Great to watch and I shall go back. Last year the coots chased the Grebes off the nest and I saw no evidence that they had had any young. Perhaps this year, although it's a very open area and not that good for Grebe nesting I would have thought.
And today? By complete contrast it was grey again with a bitingly cold wind. I needed to get some more printer ink from Tesco's so as it was on the way to Barnes (London Wetland Centre) I headed over there first. Very very little about in terms of bird activity.
Just have to wait for the Spring migrants now......