Our local teachers are on strike today, rather than bemoan their lack of thought for the kids or parents I actually support them (I make no apologies for being a socialist) Michael Gove is trying to make changes that will not benefit the children but harm teachers and even prevent people from entering the much maligned professions. But this isn't a political blog, so what this meant to me is an extra day of Daddy/Daughter time and what that really means is a nice walk round the lake.
|Autumn Leaves and Blue Skies|
|Rowan Berries in the sunshine|
|Maple Leaf (Actually I'm not really sure what type of leaf it is, my mind has gone blank!)|
Our main goal was a quick stop to feed the birds before a general stroll and play round the lake, I was lucky to have a number of Skylarks fly over during the walk but other than that bird wise it was the usual Mallards, Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Coots and Black Headed Gulls.
|Black Headed Gull in flight|
|There are advantages to feeding the birds, I was able to get this cracking gull in flight shot as they came screaming in (oh and I kept an eye on my daughter as well she was well back from the edge when I had my camera out!)|
There were the odd few bugs out and about, including a host of hairy caterpillars in the first clump of nettles we happened upon, a few Common Darter and Migrant Hawker, lots of Caddis flies and other fly type creatures (No time to ID any) and even a Comma still fluttering in the brilliant sunshine.
|Unknown spider (any ID help much appreciated Arachnids are not something I know at all).|
|Caterpillar (I'll add an id later)|
|Common Darter on leaf litter|
|Male Mallard (while feeding ducks)|
|Common Coot (taken with flash as in a really dark pool).|
But it must be said today was a day for eye-spy and lots of playing rather than hours spent trying to capture that killer shot or identify the weird brown job skulking in the bushes.
|Hide and seek|
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