A chilly start to the morning, the temperature was registering -2C, a frost, but clear skies.
Weather forecast out the way, I decided on walking down to the field off the south lake first, to hopefully get some pictures of the sunrise.
A large gull roost was slowly waking up in the early light. Why do they always seem to congregate on the opposite side to where I walk?
I noticed in one of the houses by the side of the lake, they had their flashing Christmas tree in the window, for us all to admire.
Not a Christmas person myself, so I was not impressed.
A quick look at the gull roost from the bottom of the lake, and then I headed into the field for the sunrise.
I eventually left the sun climbing the sky, and made my way towards the north lake.
A group of Canada Geese, backs glistening with last nights frost, were grazing at the side of the footpath. A few Long Tailed Tits hurried through the trees, and groups of Cormorant were flying overhead.
Under the road bridge, and a group of Mallards decided now is the time of year to accost me for food.
Three times I stopped to feed them, but they still followed me as I made my way past the pub.
At the far end, I had the sun in the right place, so I took a few shots of the birds on the water.
A curious Mallard began steaming closer, no doubt thinking I had food.
Of course, this attracted the attention of one of the Mute Swans.
As I crouched low, with an aching knee, a male Goosander flew in.
Something I noticed this morning, he spent a lot of time swimming along with his head submerged under the water.
Looking for fish I imagine.
After spending some time crouched low, and my knee screaming at me to get up, I decided to continue on my way.
I hate this getting old nonsense, along with all the aches and pains that accompany it.
Up towards Kingfisher island,
a lone Grey Heron stood on the bank, backlit by the sun.
Yesterday, over by the reeds on the far side, two Little Egrets were fishing; but today, just three Grey Herons.
Some new 'no fishing' signs were going up this morning. A shame they are not in Polish for our European poachers to understand.
Under the bandstand the remnants of a log fire, lit by the local muppets. What a shame they didn't set themselves alight.
The reed mace along the edge of the lake, or whatever it is called by people that know these things, was looking splendid, backlit by the sun.
Under the footbridge, the Heron sat waiting for me to pass, but decided on leaving before I could get a half decent picture.
The sun was warming the air slowly by now, as I continued along the path towards the car park.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Total species 29