The incredible heat of Wednesday provoked some interesting reactions from the local bird life with panting, prostrate Blackbirds....

Sunbathing Blackbird.... he has even exposed his preen gland at the base of his tail. Perhaps the heat helps to produce the oils he uses to keep his feathers so shiny? (Mark Hart)

While this one was actually panting in breaks between singing (Mark Hart)

and finally...... it looked like he was flashing to some Mallards.....most unseemly but not uncommon with Grey Herons....

but a change of angle revealed a more entrepreneurial character....

29-7-12

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