Last night Rupert and I went for a walk along the river Thames. We particularly love the section from Swinford toll bridge to Pinkhill Lock which is not part of the Thames Path. It was so beautiful: the bridge glowed buttery yellow, the river was deep, dark and bright blue, the meadow was alive with insects and swallows and we saw this lot:
- three hares
- seven mute swans
- four great crested grebes
- three wheatears
- lots of skylarks
- some pretty bramblings
- one massive cormorant
- plus the usual mallards, coots and moorhens
But the strangest thing of all was a pair of Carolina wood ducks! This is what the drake looked like:
How exotic! They are not a native British species so I couldn’t believe my eyes.
Indulge me a moment while I show you some photos I took of the swans as they flew around us. It was so dramatic.
I feel another river Thames painting coming on…