Today was the first of two trips this month to the WWT reserve at Barnes. Parakeets were making a right racket.
The weather was generally good with the sun dipping out from time to time. I met up with Hugh (Pete having designs on both the camera and lens ahem)
Lots of these about.
There were Little Grebes about and lots of Great Crested.
We also had a remarkably tame young Moorhen
and there were masses of Long Tail Tits.
Attached to them at various times were Blue & Great Tits, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Willow Warblers, WillowChiffs (no idea if they were Willow Warblers or Chiffchaffs) and a Reed Bunting. We also saw Sedge Warblers and heard a Wren and saw a Robin. We had House and Sand Martins over but Gulls were fairly scarce.
From the Peacock Tower we had two Snipe and a Kestrel. Lots of Lapwings on the reserve and Mallards, Shovellers and Gadwall and Herons!
This Canada Goose was having a splash about.
After lunch we passed the Guardian of the Collection, or Coot (and there was nothing under this bird!).
I ought to stress telephoto zooms are not ideal for Darters!!
After a mid afternoon cup of tea and cake Hugh headed off. Malcolm and I went back to the Peacock Tower. Snipes still showing as well lots of Teal. Hobby put on a super show!
I put my travel lens on my camera MISTAKE!! Look what took a lift.
Total Birds seen was 42 which was a bit light I thought. May be a scope would have helped but it was a fun day out in good company.
I had planned to stop at St Anne's Kew but the traffic was manic due to there being a fair!