After a couple of weeks away from the pond, I was back there this morning and so were most of the usual gang. It didn’t take me long to find the local heron, hiding away under the trees on the wooded bank.
The greylags were there as well. This one enjoying a good splash (as were many of the birds). It’s a ritual that is extensive as the juveniles lose their downy feathers and adults complete their moult. The splashing serves a useful function of cleaning the new feathers of dust and mites.
There were ducks (of course). This one was paddling in my favourite corner of the pond.
I was surprised (but pleased) to see that there were even some late-season ducklings swimming about.
The gulls were there as well. These two young herring gulls were harassing the adult for food… with some success.
Up on dry land, the rabbits were in lively mood.
I even saw a rat 😉
I’m still working on the gull special I mentioned a little while ago. It’s grown somewhat but it will get posted soon (within the next couple of weeks).
Precious few fox sightings lately, though the trail camera is picking up their nightly activity (plus a badger or two). The cast of characters is changing. The nicked ear fox has barely featured in recent footage, but there’s a young fox (this year’s brood) and an older fox with a stump for a brush who we saw several months ago but has reappeared after a lengthy absence.
Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.