Exams are finished and the sun is shining! I took a little trip out to Weston Park situated bang slap next to my university one sunny morning to try and get some shots of the birds around the busy duck pond. The bright high sun was quite harsh but it was great conditions for some high speed photography to capture some of the ducks in action! Two big feral drakes were certainly showing their presence by splashing around a lot!
Talking of splashing, a very territorial coot was taking great care of its three fuzzy chicks being quite agressive to any ducks or pigeons that got a bit close… at one point the adult swam quite calmy toward a group of pigeons and ducks who were being fed at the edge of the pond and did what I can only describe as jumping and stamping its feet on the water! It created a big splash and loud bangs and did quite a successful job at deterring the other feeding birds so it and its young could have the bread virtually to themselves!
… and great parents!
Some of the waterbirds however were taking a bit more of a relaxed approach to the sunny morning, either with a gentle preen: