The weather changed back to damp and grey today so I thought I would catch up on some paperwork plus some planning for some bird walks in the Spring. I recently heard from my contacts at Hatchlands (National Trust) and have agreed to lead another 'Dawn Chorus Walk' there on 1st May at 5am. [Click the link above and then 'Events at this property for booking info]. As it has been advertised in their regional newsletter I'm hopeful that a decent number will turn up if only for the bacon sarnies afterwards! Later this month I will start a series of visits there (early am) to see if I can photograph some of the resident species. I have also offered to lead some walks for my ex-RHS colleagues so that should be fun to catch up with them all again.
I still have some work to do sorting through images I have saved for a couple of future posts but in the meantime I'll leave you with a couple of shots of a brown duck whose partner is much more colourful but I just liked the muted brown shadows cast on the water from the surrounding vegetation which I think compliment this delightful female.
Tufted Duck (female) - Aythya fuligula
Whatever the weather and wherever you are ... have a fun wildlife watching weekend. FAB.