|Female Kestrel, looking a bit wet, there had been a heavy dew so maybe it got in this state through hunting.|
After a few mins. we parted company and I headed onto the reserve, I hadn't gone very far when my phone rang, it was John, "I forgot to mention" says He "there is a Kestrel sitting on a post on your right as you head for the railway", and sure enough there was. The only trouble was the sun was against me and I had to pass the bird to get in the right position for pics. Fortunately I managed to do so without disturbing it and got a few pics
|Gorgeous bird, an hour later and the place would be teeming with joggers and dog walkers and it would have gone, so worth the effort.|
|Woodpigeons making good use of the power line.|
|Dunnock (hedge sparrow)|
We have also got the Longhorn cattle back on the patch, all part of the Eco management.
|Long horns, there are 4 altogether, but one was being uncooperative.|
|The Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)|
|This is one of the lucky young Mallard on the patch , this and 4 of its mates survived the marauding Gulls.|
|Just off patch this Hare was enjoying an early morning breakfast, and making me think it was about time I had mine, so set off back to the car.|
Now I don't know whether the gulls thought the lens was a gun, or maybe it was just the fact that a lot of the nests have young, but as soon as I pointed the lens to the sky I started being attacked.
|Lesser Black-backed Gull, swerving off at the last minute.|
|They can be quite intimidating.|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull|
And on a lighter note---
|Hot air balloon taking advantage of great ballooning conditions, and an advert for Richard Branson.|