Last Thursday Anita and I paid a visit to Richmond Park. Our stroll started at the Isabella Plantation and whilst it is still too early for the amazing array of blooms there were a few Rhodendrons and Camelia in flower with quite a few bees and other flyers collecting the early pollen. The deciduous tree canopy is still very bare but the understory heathers are starting to provide some colour.
Plenty of colour on the pond with the male Mandarin in full breeding plumage.
As we headed over towards Pen Ponds a small group of does (Red Deer) were enjoying a splash about in one of their very muddy wallows.
At the main ponds we noticed many new notices requesting dog owners to keep their charges on leads to protect the wildlife but as you might have guessed we only saw one owner complying! We also watched a group of Crows fighting; constantly pecking at one individual who was stretched out on the ground but I was too far away for any decent photos. Fortunately the bullies eventually gave up and the one being attacked flew away apparently unharmed.
Male Tuftie doing his daily exercises in the sunshine. FAB.