It's a treat to be by fresh water at any time, living as I do miles from lakes, streams or rivers. To be by the lakeside when the weather's hot and the sun is strong is particularly pleasant, so it was a good walk around New Hythe lakes yesterday.
It's also nesting time, and the ducklings, goslings and cootlets were being paraded by the parents.
A Nightingale sang a welcome in the carpark, and various other songbirds were in good voice around the park, but I was surprised to see only one hirundine - presumably the rest are busy nesting at that time of the day.
I had a good chat with another chap with appropriate nature-watching garb - Trevor from the Isle of Grain. His patience (actually looking for water voles) tracked down this female Banded Demoiselle.