A few 'great' things have caught my eye recently. Firstly and by far the most satisfying to see, was the family of Great Crested Grebes which have made the Manor Floods their home. In the last couple of years, a pair of Grebes have set up a territory on the lake, have built a nest and hatched young, only to lose their babies a short time after. This year, things are looking a bit more optimistic as the parents are busy feeding three, humbug-headed youngsters. They are also keeping their progeny as far away from us humans as possible - a good thing overall, but not when you are trying to take a decent photo. In this picture, only two of the three youngsters are visible alongside their parents.
Epilobium hirsutum). These tall, hairy and very attractive plants are very common around this area and at this time of year, their bright pink flowers are quite beautiful.
Arctium lappa). A member of the 'Daisy' family, it has a slight resemblance to thistles, especially when you take a close look at the flower heads. These are covered with tiny hooks or 'burrs' which snag almost anything which come close enough, even grabbing the tiny ridges of your finger prints when you touch them.