I started my walk this morning in Stoke Park. It is very wet underfoot but by wading through the very deep puddles surrounding the area of reeds I did get good views of a male and female stonechat.
As I walked around Duchess Pond a grey heron took off and presented me with another great opportunity to photograph it in flight.
I didn’t see much else so walked across to Eastville Park on the other side of the M32.
The first bird to greet me here was a cheery robin.
On the lake there were 4 more grey herons.
There were also 4 mute swans on the lake. However, the most exciting birds for me were a little grebe and a teal (the first one I have seen here).
I could also just see the tawny owl in its box on the island.
There are lots of black-headed gulls on the lake and lots of corvids around it.
Black headed gull
Before I left a cormorant flew in and posed on a nearby branch.
Both profiles of the cormorant