We waiting for the train to take us - a short journey - Mr Ponders was keen to see his Italian cousins.
We saw very very many Great Crested Grebes (probably the most profilic birds we saw), several Little Grebes, Great Crested Pochard, Pochard, and a few Garganey (woo hoo).. amongst others.
We walked to the right to start with.. along the harbour with many lush boats moored..
Italian Sparrows everywhere
The sky and lake were blue... and sun warm... great place for contemplation
such clear water!!
Mr Ponders enjoyed sitting and gazing..
We'd seen many Great Crested Grebes with young on our last visit. This time being earlier it was time for head wagging......
There were 2 lizards here.. deep down in a crevice in the rocks... they seemed aggressive..
Many Mute Swans
This was a weird sight.. at first couldn't make out what it was. But it turned out to be Cormorants perched on the top of reeds below which seem to be weights attached to a fishing net.....
Turquoise sails on a turquoise lake
and a wander back to the other side for lunch..
at a favourite restaurant - the food is good but the view and environment great - the Caffe Centrale.
A couple of Mallards dozing in the sunshine..
and waiting for lunch.
the view from our table..
and.... shock, shock... Pete ordered SALAD for lunch!!!!! ..
Mr Ponders wondered where all the wine had gone...
and a gentle stroll
Heading back to the station!!..
Fantastic day with glorious weather... we were to return...