It was a beautiful morning, so I was up and out early. I started out waiting for a Kingfisher on the Mole, but it didn't materialise and I couldn't resist checking if the Little Owl was in its tree. It was.
|A Little Owl rests in its favourite tree, with half an eye on the nearby footpath.|
|The female Goosanders are very proud of their hair-styles.|
|"What was that you said?"|
|A male and female Goosander.|
|Seven of the group of ten Goosanders present today.|
All the regulars were there. I was particularly pleased to see Mr Dodgy Duck, who together with his sister Daffy, has what appears to be a split lower beak mandible through which his tongue permanently hangs. I first saw them three years ago, so I presume it doesn't inhibit them too much. The fact that there are two of them suggests that it is a genetic defect.
|One of the many Swans on duty today at Painshill.|
|... and a Greylag Goose rests on one leg.|
|Mr. Dodgy Duck, with his tongue hanging through a split lower beak.|
|A fox speeds away.|
|A pair of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers "posturing".|
Itinerant Cormorants often rest in the tree providing the highest point of the lake area of Painshill Park. This was the first time however that I had seen as many as five there at the same time.
|Cormorants relaxing and exchanging gossip as a break from their various journeys,|
|The highest Cormorant decides it's time for him to go.|
|A Tree Creeper doing what Tree Creepers do.|
|"We can see you!" A family of Squirrels.|
|A Goldcrest flits through the foliage looking for insects.|
|This looks intersting. Now, can I eat it?|