On Tuesday I spent a couple of very quiet hours at Barnes WWT. With overcast skies and a very strong wind I was glad to be able to take refuge in the hides even though many of the resident birds were also hiding from the weather.
Grey Heron and a Lapwing.
Time for a stretch while the Wigeon continued to sleep.
Male Gadwall asleep in its finely vermiculated grey plumage and prominent white speculum.
Mrs. Gadwall, who at a distance may resemble a Mallard, but has a smaller bill and again the white speculum is a giveaway.
One of a number of Grey Heron way out on the marsh.
Feral Pigeon ... fed up or overfed!
Actually it wasn't all grey as evidenced by the vibrant late summer blooms which form part of the 'praire' plantings. FAB.