A few years ago, when I was walking our dog in the park, I was pretty sure that I saw a mandarin duck on the river, but it was just disappearing into the plants by the bank so I couldn’t be absolutely sure.
Normally I just see mallards, moorhens, swans and herons, nothing as exotic-looking as a mandarin duck, so I wasn’t sure if actually I had imagined it.
When I was out for my walk last week, what did I see swimming along? – a pair of mandarin ducks. I was very excited (doesn’t take much!) because it proved that I hadn’t imagined the one I had seen before! I took a couple of quick pictures but, even with the zoom, I was still too far away to get a really good shot.
I also saw a pair of mallards looking as though they were trying to find a secluded spot… 😉
There was one moorhen – no sign of its partner.
And a grey heron pretending to be a statue.
We have lots of herons, and not just by the river or canal – sometimes I see them on our neighbours’ roofs looking to see who has a fish pond in their garden.