The Wrong Sort of Rain!

Sunday, August 28th 2016

Heavy rain laden clouds covered Foxglove.  The sound of rushing water could be heard.  It is a while since the water was seen coming over the weir in more than one place.

Water coming over the weir

Walking through the reed bed it was clear that it had not liked the rain and most of it was laid flat, thankfully not over the main path.  Feeding the Water Voles was interesting finding a way through without the water droplets going down your neck!

Way to feed the Water Voles

Standing on the pond dipping platform, it was amazing to see how flat the reeds in the pond were.

Flattened reeds

All this rain meant spider's webs and water droplets to photograph, but no it was the wrong sort of rain and very few water droplets were to be seen!  The reeds did provide one photographic opportunity.

Water droplets on reeds

Down at the lake the wildfowl were unconcerned about all the extra water.  Moorhens were walking about on the grass area and Mallards were sitting on the tree preening.

Mallards on tree preening

Later they were on the duck raft.

Ducks on the duck raft

Counting the Mallard is interesting as they do not stay still but we did count 21.  Little Grebes are not much better, as they dive and can come up a good distance away.  But looking at the photograph above, there is a juvenile Little Grebe to the left corner of the duck raft and it looks different to this one, below, seen nearer the head of the lake.  So possibly we have two pairs and two young?  Binoculars needed and time to sit and do some counting.

Juvenile Little Grebe


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