|Young Mallard still with down - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
On Saturday I took my mum for a walk round Kelsey Park, near Bromley in Kent, it is a very popular public park and most of the birdlife is anything but shy vying with the plentiful Grey Squirrels for the nuts seeds and bread all the visitors seem to bring. The closeness of these birds would give some good photo opportunities if they were not forever on the move scurrying after the next bit of food thrown down by well meaning families.
|Adult Moorhen - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
|Tufted Duck - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
The park consists of a central lake fed by the river beck which is really no more than a large stream. The lake has a couple of small islands, one of which contains a Heronry consisting of 21 nests, the below photos are of the last chicks this year of which there were 40.
|This Years Heron (chicks?) - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
|Heron - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
|A Line of Greylag Geese responding to a group of children throwing food for the ducks - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
|Egyptian Goose - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
|Muscovy Duck - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
My favourites at Kelsey Park are the Mandarin Ducks which happily breed here, their fantastic colours dulled by their preference for the quieter areas of the lake swimming among the many overhanging trees in the lower portion of the river Beck.
|Male Mandarin Duck - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
|Female Mandarin - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
|Teal (probably Ringed Teal) - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
|Ring Necked Parakeet - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|