Yesterday we decided to pay a visit to Bushy Park for the fist time in I don't know how long. It was midday and despite the much colder temperature and very stiff breeze there were masses of visitors enjoying a brief lull in the wet weather. Now this would not be my usual haunt for birdwatching but the various ponds do enable you to get up close to many of the resident (and human friendly) wildlife. So here are a few images:
A pair of Red-crested Pochard.
One of the many male Red-crested Pochards.
Mrs Mallard hoping for a tit-bit perhaps!
The 'dandy' Mandarin Duck.
Whilst wandering slowly around the ponds we had our first 2010 sightings of six Swallows hawking over the water. A little while later Anita picked up the sound of a Skylark and we watched it in full song flight. FAB.