There was a frost on the ground and dew in the trees and on the cobwebs. A mist hung over the grass and helped hide my presence from some birds that didn't fully see my approach. Roding Valley Meadows in Loughton, Essex (where I am from) holds many fond childhood memories for me. I spent many hours here and didn't really pay enough attention to what was around me at the time. Now when I go back to my parents I can't wait to go for a walk and see what's around. This morning there were plenty of the usual species and some new ones too.On the lake there were lots of Coots, Black headed gulls, a family of Mute swans, Gadwall, Wigeon, Shoveler and Tufted ducks.
Here's my first instalment of pictures.
There were scores of these around. So pretty.
One of two Wigeon on the lake. This is the first time I've seen them here.
One of the 250 odd Coots on the lake at the moment.
Another new bird for me here is the Shoveler. There were about 10 this morning.
Stupidly big bill.