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Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Forest and Audley

I awoke to sun!! So where to ?? I could and should have gone further a field but went to Hatfield Forest. The sun on my back had warmth and the birds were singing, bliss!!







The terns look like they might be on a nest and the Grebes are still sitting. Lets hope those awful boats don't stop them breeding this year. If the Trust reads this I'd ban the wretched things :)

There seemed to be a lot of Tufted Ducks about which seems unusual for Hatfield this time of year.

There has been breeding on the lake this year with families of Mallards, Coots, Moorhens and Canada Geese.




The wretched boats - do you think I don't approve?? :)









This should have been a much better pic!! My error! Still lovely to see a Common Sandpiper!!










As well as loads of warblers and tits I saw a Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woody and a Kestrel.

I wasn't sure where to head to next, Anglesey Abbey was an idea but instead I stayed local and went to Audley End. Alas the sun went!




One of pair of Canada Geese had been busy!






The walled garden has really come to life!



































And the sun came back!














Not a bad day!

6 comments:

turquis said...

Sigh. I wish that when you went to foreign countries you'd takes these kinds of photos. You make England look like HeAven on earth. Maybe all the birds are dead in Italy. Could be. You have such a knack for dear photos.

Tricia Ryder said...

Twas a beautiful day - agree completely about the boats.

Good to see the Sandpiper :)

And THE tree at Audley's looking good in summer plumage :)

Pete Duxon said...

Hi Turquis

well the post from Lake Garda is similar....

problem is overseas I have no car!!

I still have two overseas trips to come but August will be in the UK!

Ragged Robin said...

Lovely photos Pete :) Do hope they ban those boats!

oldcrow61 said...

Gorgeous flowers. What a large family those Canada Geese produced.

Pete Duxon said...

i know OC! largest i've seen