I feel it's safe to say the summer's definitely over. My suspicions that this may be so were confirmed with a visit to the patch for sunrise earlier in the week... it was freezing. Fool that I am, I didn't wear gloves and my hands were in agony using the camera - the light was worth it though.
Having returned from Antwerp, Valentino the Med Gull is back for his fifteenth winter and still going strong! He's been in the park for about three weeks now, and although to begin with, apparently he'd been sneaking off to Wanstead - oh the treachery - it appears he's settled back in his usual haunt of the park. A regular Med Gull always brightens up a winter morning. Yesterday, with the thought in mind to get some better shots of Valentino, I had a bit more than I bargained for with him showing down to four foot... surely there is no better gull? It was a shame the light was quite as bad as it was, I'll put this down as a work in progress.
As if a showy med Gull wasn't good enough, the kingfisher's been showing regularly as well. It seems as though she may have found a favoured spot, and is showing on practically every visit. A nice improvement on the rare and sporadic sightings earlier in the year. Of course though, this favoured spot is in the darkest shadiest area on the canal. It's understandable why she chose it though, it's the only area which is fenced off, and looking in isn't exactly easy. Ah, Kingfishers are a tricky species! This shot is from my best (not closest) view so far... a lot of room for improvement.
Easy to guess what I'll be up to for the next few months...