Not been able to blog much recently or visit my friends' blogs either - for the latter, my apologies but hopefully I will catch up before too long.
I managed a trip over to Barnes on Sunday to meet up with a friend. It was bright and sunny and despite the overall cold, the sun definitely had some warmth in it. Not many birds about and those that were, were having to find a bit of unfrozen water.
But the "collection" birds were entertaining. These Hooded Mergansers were hilarious to watch as they bathed in the freezing cold water.
Bit annoyed that I'd chopped the wing tip, but they move so fast!
And these were dozing in the warm sun..
Had a short walk in Bushy this afternoon..... very briefly the sun came out and the low angle lit the trees and frozen water.
Earlier in the week I had a walk in Bushy Park; it was bitterly cold and windy but the sun was out and the sky was blue! It wasn't to last though was it!
Didn't realise until I got this pic on the PC that the Black-headed Gull was sporting a ring.
Over in one of the "gardens" a resident mute Swan was preening on the frost covered ground.
The pond was mostly frozen and these two Ring-necked Parakeets seemed desperate to drink. It is very rarely that I've seen Paras on the ground. On the one main previous occasions they were at their roost and coming down onto the water-logged ground for a drink. These two were trying unsuccessfully to drink and just sliding about on the ice instead.
A chance shot as I heard this Mistle Thrush flying over - pointed the camera and at least got something even though not as I would like it to be.
A Young Deer was tugging at this branch in the expectation of a meal.
And - frozen in time - leaves where they fell and were trapped in the ice.
A lover of wildlife and birds in particular and a keen photographer
who's learning all the time!
For me there's nothing better than the great outdoors and escaping into
it as often as I can; even if it's only a walk very locally. I love the
sea and water in any form. There's something magical about reflections
in very still water.