While I was there I photographed a Little Grebe. We see too few of them on our own lake, though I think we have one permanent resident on the Long Water, silent because there is no other Little Grebe for it to call to.
Back on home territory, some Coots were fighting on the Serpentine.
The usual Shoveller, one of very few on the lake at the moment, was foraging at the edge of the water near the island. He is an immature drake, just beginning to grow his adult green head feathers.
We've had a lot of pictures of Great Crested Grebes swimming over the carpet of dead leaves at the Serpentine outflow, but I can't resist one more. Their speed and elegance under water make an exhilarating sight.
A Black-Headed Gull was happily picking up and throwing down a bit of filthy old rag.
The usual little birds came out to be fed in the leaf yard, including a Nuthatch ...
... a Coal Tit ...
... a Blue Tit ...
... and a Robin.
They have now learnt that they should keep away from the place where people feed the Ring-Necked Parakeets, and you will find most of them a hundred yards up the hill.
A pair of foxes were making a tremendous racket on the west side of the Long Water, and it looks as if we may have another litter of cubs soon.
A very happy New Year to you all, and thanks for reading the blog.