Crow: a short story

Crow: a short story

Carrion crow sitting on a branch emerging from West Park lake, getting ready to preen. Something disturbs it, so it takes off. It’s heading almost in my direction. Lands in the bare branches of a tree overhead. Pause for breath. Then it starts preening in earnest.

Lone wigeon, boating lake

Lone wigeon, boating lake

As the hard time of winter approach, many birds move in from the countryside to the cosier conditions of urban parks. Here a one wigeon, a drake, is on the West Park boating lake. There’s also a shoveller nearby, swimming in a tight circle as it feeds under the shelter of an overhanging tree from the island.

Lone wigeon, boating lake