Blenheim Palace - a World Heritage Site
I fancied playing tourist and doing something that wasn't bird watching. We'd not walked very far when it turned into a bird watching session.
black headed gulls darted about the lake in the hope
some of our sarnies would head their way.
One of the adult great crested grebes has babies on it's back and the other adult kept
We saw lots of other wildlife too - a bee swarm, two different kinds of deer. Also other birds: a few herons which nest on one of the islands, a Jay, a common tern and twice we saw and a raven fly over - distinctive by the 'cronking' sound it makes.
The next day I let Chief decide where we went before he headed home and he picked Otmoor. We saw three cuckoos fly over and heard turtle doves before we saw them. When we did see them they were happy to pose. They're 'red status' birds these day as numbers of turtle doves migrating these days has significantly declined.
I love the sound the turtle doves make. They are very pretty birds too.
It was a good opportunity to work on my bird photography too with smaller birds that posed.