Saturday, 1 October 2011

The hottest start to October since records began! The waterfowl of Kedleston Hall sought shade in the overhanging trees and bushes. Mandarin Ducks were well hidden. Some were in full winter plumage, others were in different stages of moult.
A few Shoveller swam under the overhanging trees, all were still in eclipse plumage with a bit of white coming through on breast.

Heron catching some rays.

Young Mute Swans resting beneath an overhanging Horse chestnut tree. There were 4 young in this group. The adults were on the main lake busy defending their territory against another pair.

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