First ducklings, 2019

First ducklings, 2019

The first ducklings I’ve spotted in 2019: five of them along with both parent birds. The young ones looked like they had hatched the previous day.

On the canal at Compton. As soon as they noticed me, the adults swam directly towards me, leading the ducklings.

Lady’s smock flowers, Doxey

Lady's smock flowers, Doxey

Lady’s smock flowers on Doxey Marshes. The plant is one of the preferred foods of orange tip butterflies. There was one nearby when I took these pictures. It was fluttering just in front of me for some time but headed off, flying fast, as soon as I reached for my camera.