A ‘gaggle’ of geese – here all Greylags. They were muttering away to each other.
And having a good stretch of one wing showing the very pale forewing that is very obvious in flight.
And a different bird showing the upper and under- wings.
This bird is beginning to fold a wing away.
Looks quite complex but all seems to go back in place.
And here are two more.
A Greylag majestically takes to the air.
Two Canada Geese step it out. Would not win any synchronised walking award though.
The end of this island is often used by loafing Cormorants, as here.
Stepping out with the aigrettes (plumes) on its back and neck blowing in the wind.
A landing shot shows the full extent of the yellow on the feet / legs. Greylag Geese look / snooze on.
A few minutes later looked alert-enough.
... and began to preen, getting in to a strange contortion.
... and again.
Some bits can be hard to reach.
Need a good shake after a preen.
And you then need to get all the wing feathers in line ...
Just the very bill-tip showing here between primaries 3 and 4.
Just look at those long toes on Moorhen.
This Lapwing having a wash. Retains a surprisingly glossy-green look even with a purple-flush.
Here is a dryer bird.
Now we can see it is a Snipe and it scratches its chin.
And apparently has a drink.
And seen here just as the feathers all go back in place.
This one, like the Aqualate bird, was also checking for flying fish!
A Kingfisher up a tree: whatever next.
Different immature: no yellow gape on this one.