Well, I was up earlyish, but the weather was persisting down so I got a bit despondent about having a day off cooped up (Mrs PB would say grumpy rather than despondent I expect) but then, lo and behold the weather cleared! The forecast was still "pants" so I didn't want to venture too far, so off I toddled to the river
Well, I was greeted by the results of the rain... this was the path I usually wander down... the swan is about 10 yards inland of where the bank normally is!
Unperturbed, I turned left along the bank, and went maybe 5 yards, and there was a clatter of wings behind me....
and Mr Swan did a lap of the field adjacent to where he started, and landed back where he started! (there seemed to be a lot of flying pictures today, it turns out)
Further along one of my favourites popped in to say hello
And then there was a surprisingly un-shy crow, I was within about 6 feet of it before it hopped away with elevenses
Almost immediately, round the bend came Mr Heron
Who landed here... (I took about 6 paces from where I had pictured the Crow)
I walked back along towards the flooded bit of path, and spotted a Black Headed Gull take off...
A fleeting whizz-by of a Kingie followed
Then it was Bigfoot's turn
And he landed waaaaaaaay up high...
There was a swan pair, neither of which was the solo flyer from earlier, nor are they the parents of the 8 youngsters, so I was curious, are swans territorial? Could there be a bit of a fracas later?
And as I was headed home, the Little Egret came to land and remind me it was a bit of a flooded day, as he and the 2 swans fished on the "path"!
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
Lot to learn
Thanks, PB, lovely photos. Please remind me, what river is that?
In reply to Gardenbirder:
Fabulous photos PH, and I love the photo of the crow with food in its beak, and that last one, looks like a little egret dwarfed by two swans...,
I know what you mean about getting despondent, I've not been able to get out because of the weather, and the one weekend that it's looking ok, I'm booked up, for indoor stuff!
I think in our personal interests, Mrs PB and Mrs PR should never meet, we'd be certified, or should that be crucified, by them.
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