30 November, 2009

In The Bush...

It's been a while since I last posted, and even longer since I last took a trip to Bushy Park. I can't believe I'm saying this but the sun was out and it wasn't actually that cold when I decided to take a short trip on Sunday.
I've missed the Red Deer rut for this year, although occasionally the males do have a few fights in December and into January. There were large gathering of females at some of the large mud puddles resulting from recent rain... and I swear I actually saw two females stand on two legs and box each other like kangaroo do! There were also a few males about but no action...

Red Deer

Red Deer

I was very pleased to find a wintering Chiffchaff in amongst the bracken along the canal. It was very tame and at times I thought it might have actually been a rarer winter warbler... but then I realised that I was in the middle of London in Bushy Park, not on a remote island in Orkney!

Chiffchaff

Mallards were abundant along the main lake as where Black-headed Gulls...

Reflections...

Mallard

"Yeah that's right, get out of here... there ain't room for the two of us!"

Black headed Gull

What a grumpy old sod...

Black headed2

I'm sure there will be plenty more seagull antics as the numbers increase in the park, but for now.... happy wildlife watching!

3 comments:

NicoleB Egypt said...

Those shots are awesome.
I miss seeing the deer in Hungary.
I was hoping to get a rut on camera, but it wasn't meant to be ;)
Wishing you some more sunny days to come!
:)

Thing said...

Nice Chiffchaff photo!

Billy D said...

Cheers for the kind comments, guys.