Walking around the area yesterday, we spotted two magnificent hunters going about their business, silently and stealthily looking for their prey. The first was a pair of Buzzards (Buteo buteo). Circling and soaring, gaining height in the warming air, they made a awe-inspiring sight - if a little difficult to photograph.
Esox lucius). The record weight for a Pike stands at 67lb and about 5ft long. Luckily, this one was only about 1ft long and a bit too small to be too much of a threat to the Rudd which were swimming around, well within striking distance of the Pike. A truly magnificent predator, it lies in wait, not moving a muscle until it strikes at it's prey with lightning-quick acceleration.
Ranunculus ficaria) are members of the Buttercup family and are always a great indication of the onset of Spring. These were shining brightly on the dark floor of the wooded, canal-side walk.
Arum maculatum) can have plain, green leaves or they can be spotted with brownish/purple spots. Both types were in evidence yesterday, as I have remarked recently, there seem to be a lot more of them about this year.