I think I might have mentioned this before, but I do like my local park (Eastfield park). I don't have to walk far to get to it, sure sometimes (like now) mostly during half term/term when the kids are out of school, you have to exercise a sensible level of precaution if you're carrying a camera. You get the odd remark "wow how far can you see with that", "what you're photographing" etc. Quite harmless, and some even show an interest or tell me what they get in the garden.
I was at the lake trying to get some reed warblers (failed) when I heard in excited tones "He'll know what it is?" and I suddenly had six kids around me, "what" from a grumpy me, "there's this bird, it's hovering and diving in the water round there", so off we went, the warblers gone by now, it's a Common Tern I explained, "why's it diving in the water", so I explained, the tern flies by and skims the surface of the water, "why's it doing that", a bit harder that one I thought, I gave them three reasons a)having a drink b)catching insects off the surface or because it just had a fish meal c)washing any oil from the fish off it's bill after about ten minutes they buggered off and I was left in relative peace until some man walked over "are you alright, I thought they were going to steal your camera", I explained it would take an army and I'm fine thanks....who do think I was more annoyed about the excited kids who ruined my chance of getting a reed warbler image (of which I have plenty of anyway) but were genuinely interested in some wildlife (for a change) or paranoid man?
GREY HERON, EYEING UP THE JUVENILE GEESE AND DUCKS
There wasn't much around the sun had everyone on the park doing a variety of things enjoying the park. So I did I quick check on the nest boxes and from the sounds and look of things everything is moving along nicely. The odd thing about the nest boxes (and there are a few around) is no-one seems to know who's put them up, they've been sited in very good areas etc so it can't have been the council (lol) and it wasn't me, perhaps it was the Northants Wildlife Trust.
GREAT TIT, DOING A BIT OF HOUSEKEEPING
I had a quick check on the Sparrowhawk on the way back home, doing ok, we think, can't really see what's happening in the nest, we can just about see the female as the nest keeps getting bigger and bigger (in height). I also had a quick look for the escaped parakeets but no sign of them unfortunately, did get a very high up Red Kite circling before heading in the general direction of Moulton village, I only had my small lense so did bother snapping any images, but from the viewfinder I could see it looked a bit tatty (moult) so obviously a nesting bird.