The sunshine on Thursday & Friday provided all the encouragement I needed to visit two of my favourite wildlife spots, ANR (by bike!) and Wollaton Park (by bus).
Greylag geese on the Main Pond at ANR.
From the Kingfisher Hide at ANR I got some distant shots of several male goldeneye displaying (top) and fighting for dominance in the mating game.
Some of the smaller birds that photographed well in the sunshine. Male and female chaffinch, bluetits, great tit, nuthatch and a robin singing its little heart out.
Goosanders, two females (top) at ANR and two views of a male from Wollaton Park.
In Wollaton Park, while looking for drumming great spotted woodpeckers (without sucess!) I did manage to get some shots of a tree creeper scurrying about the trees for prey under the bark. You can clearly see how its curved, slender bill is ideally fitted for exploring the smallest crevice.
Finally, some views of Ireton House and grounds which is adjacent to ANR and St Mary’s Church (where I was baptized). The carpet of snowdrops and crocusses this year seems to me the best ever. Spring is just around the corner! 😎 😎