Mild milkcap

Mild milkcap

Milkcaps are a group of toadstool species which produce a fluid when the cap is injured in any way. In some species, such as this, the fluid is white, and looks very like milk.

I had just lightly brushed this specimen while clearing away a bit of debris to get a clearer view. The result: a copious amount of “milk”.

Moorhen

Moorhen

Moorhens normally appear to have a completely black plumage with streaks of white on the wings and tail.
The low angle and brightness of the sunshine when this picture was taken have shown up the blue tint in the bird’s dark feathers.

Black headed gulls

Black headed gull

Black-headed gulls are the type of gull most often found inland.

Black headed gull

As these pictures show, the name can be misleading.

Black headed gull

For most of the year, their heads are white. The black heads are only on the adult birds during the breeding seasons. Even then, the colour is actually a dark chocolate brown which looks black in most lights.

These gulls had landed on the rail around the boating lake in West Park as they kept one beady eye on the people feeding the birds.