It was such a glorious morning that I indulged myself and spent several hours birdwatching/taking photos at Eastville Park. I suppose the main reason for spending so long (and not walking a little further) was that I had several sightings of a kingfisher but didn’t manage to get a photo until quite late on. And then it stayed around for ages and I ended up with far too many photos. It’s amazing though how different its colours seem when perched in different parts of the lake. It’s all physics!
The other reason for staying was that there was a drake goosander on the lake and it took ages to move in to a sunny enough spot for me to get a decent photo.
But there was also plenty to distract me with lots of grey herons (at least 8), cormorants, a little grebe, 6 mute swans (the most I have ever seen there in recent years) and a tawny owl.
Grey herons everywhere
6 mute swans on the lake too
Plenty of cormorants too
I couldn’t see the head of the tawny owl
A sweet little grebe
And when I wasn’t taking birds I resorted to using my phone to take photos of the lovely colours still remaining in the trees.