It was a case of 'not letting the looks fool you' as the sun rose to wipe out the superficial frost, but there was plenty more of the solid slippery stuff beneath. On the strength of that and the lessons learnt from the previous days was to depart Parley Court Farm and head directly for the New Forest. One of Great Britain's premier National Parks planted (not personally) by King Henry VIII ostensibly to build warships, which is now generally a place of peace and quiet!
and where we turned of the A31 'trunk road' at Stoney Cross
we were not surprised to find a group
NEW FOREST PONIES
an addition to the New Year Mammal List.
There was an opportunity to capture
INKY PINKY PONKIES
before arriving at probably my favourite little nooks in the Forest
2 of our days 'target birds' both
While an introduced species to our Sceptred Isles the
ever recorded in Great Britain has ever been considered, by the authorities,
to be a true vagrant from the Americas.
Regardless of the status, they are fine looking Ducks and that is part of what brought me here!
While looking for the 'third' waterborne candidate, our attention
was turned to the usual throng of small (passerine) Birds.
while the others fitted neatly into the
Great to See You Again Category.
before a light whirring was heard from above, the first of the
with long horns
and an unknown