Photographing them is far from easy though, as they usually feed out in the middle of the large lake, views of which are in any case obscured from the most promising angles. So I've scraped together a few recent shots where birds did actually come closer to the footpath. The best I can do by way of a reward, loyal reader, for your returning to these pages long after the seekers of proper news have returned to more exciting corners of the internet.
And finally in this week's post, an exclusive Hello! magazine style photoshoot with the new arrivals to the family, Hodge and Mufti. After a nervous start, they seem to have settled in well, and I am amusing myself greatly by watching them squitter for cover every time I open the door.
|The new lawnmower/boot-scraper/duster. I think this is Hodge. I let him roam free on the lawn. It's my best hope of getting Goshawk on the garden list.
|Go on then, one more of that Iceland Gull