There are 2 pairs of Great Crested Grebes and one pair is definitely nesting around on one part of the lake.
However, my friend/adviser passed by on the other side of the lake and called out that the two Grebes (who'd had their brood of 2 predated) were around the East end of the lake again. I watched them for some time but the light and reflections were not conducive to good photography. They seemed happy in each other's company but no sign of nest building.
One of the two "blonde" mandarin ducks has had another brood of 4 ducklings - two blondes and two brunettes! They were all dozing mainly as well.
although this youngster obviously had a point to make to its sibling!
A family of mute swans were up at the far west end. There were originally 15 cygnets (some of which were adopted from another pair); then they were reduced to 13 and now, I could only see 10 remaining. The adults were preening.
The day was full of showers and these were preceded by very dark skies. I looked up and saw a Black-headed Gull; a bird you don't see much of during the summer at this location.
And that was that for the afternoon. The Hobby wasn't around today but nonetheless, a good mixed bag and I also saw a Fox running along the path by the Water Wheel. Needless to say the minute it saw me it headed off.
But a good day with some good walking and varied wildlife.