The sun shone and the early morning coolness turned into a scorching hot day. I headed north to Barnes. I had limited time as I'd promised Mum I would take her to Findon Sheep Fair.. (we went, it was packed, we came home...)
I espied Norman in the car park and later I met up with Rosemary (great to see you again!) with Chris and Anne. Later on I was to come across Corinna, and also to meet (for the first time) Wendy and Duncan, and also Ian. Good to meet you guys 'in the flesh' so to speak.
We were after Dragons - and were rewarded... dozens (literally) of Migrant Hawkers about.
Whilst standing and watching, this Great Spotted Woodie flew up into the tree. Pity it didn't choose to come 'my' side of that branch!!
From the Wildside Hide... a Grey Heron cooling!
Black-headed gull in reflection
And on leaving the Wildside Hide I noticed a Little Grebe...then heard several squeaky cries..
'Hang on' thinks I, 'What is the bump on the back of the Grebe?'
Ah... 1 little grebe chick!
Oops no... 2 little grebe chicks!
Oops no.... 3 little grebe chicks!
They were tiny and could only have been a day (or two) old...
food time (and another of those annoying bits of reed!)
Wandered back towards the visitors centre, in time to see the Otters.. There are four females but I could only get 3 in shot at any one time.
Around the 'other' side, a very large dragon... still trying to ID it!
and finally, on the way out, about 11 Marsh Frogs.. remarkably quiet basking in the lunchtime sun!
The traffic going home was..... awful! But didn't detract from a rewarding morning....