The London Wetland Centre is hosting the inaugural London Wild Bird Watch this weekend so, faced with one last day of holiday, I decided to go along and take a look around. After a quick stroll around the trade stands, where I largely managed to resist temptation, I attended a fascinating talk by naturalist and broadcaster Simon King before setting off to explore the centre??s wetlands. Sadly, after a sunny start, the rain had set in for the afternoon with some exceptionally heavy showers and rumbling thunder. Luckily I??d gone prepared, with suitable clothes and a waterproof cover for my camera, so nothing was going to stop me taking photos. The phrase ??lovely weather for ducks?? felt completely appropriate for the conditions today, although I began to realise just how extreme the weather was when even the ducks and moorhens began seeking shelter under the picnic tables! Ultimately, from the 149 photos I took, I deleted half of them and only considered about twenty as possible candidates for editing. From those this one was the best of the bunch ?? at least it gives some impression of the weather I endured to capture it. I??ll just have to go back in better weather to have another try at capturing the unique variety of wildlife that lives at this haven in the city.
May 23, 2017