After spending yesterday wrestling with my accounts I needed to get out of the house for some fresh air and exercise this morning so I headed to Hatfield Forest. I took a gentle stroll down to the lake, photographing one of my favourite old hornbeams on the way. I then grabbed a cheese toastie from the cafe and took it into the fishermen's shelter to get out of the cold wind.
As I ate I slowly became aware I was being watched. A flock of jackdaws had lined up on the nearby picnic tables and eventually they found the courage to come inside and eat the crumbs left on one of the tables. With the food gone they flew off and I continued to read in peace and quiet, pushing my plate to one side of the table.
Suddenly I heard a fluttering of feathers beside me. When I looked up I found myself face to face with a robin who was keen to clean my plate of its cheesy morsels. I had no issue with this so I let him stuff his little beak while I took some pictures. After all lunch is always better shared with friends, even if the conversation is a little one sided!
6 December 2017