Greater celandine

Greater celandine

Not particularly closely related to the lesser celandine, nor, to my eye, resembling it very closely other than in the colour of the flower.

The flower buds look hairy.

Greater celandine

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings on the river Severn at Bridgnorth.

Duck and ducklings

The mother duck is already struggling to cover them all. After a few further days growth this would have become impossible.

Duckling

Heron fishing

Heron

This heron was fishing at the upstream end of Wightwick lock on the Staffs and Worcs canal.

Below it considers flying off because of my presence, before settling down again.

Heron

Morel

Morel

This distinctive spring mushroom is uncommon.

The one pictured here was growing in a municipal flowerbed by the Severn – hence the gravel cover.

Wild garlic

Wild garlic

This ramson or wild garlic was almost beginning to flower. Once the flowers do come out, the smell is an indication of the relationship to the cultivated culinary plant.

Goslings

Gosling

Goslings by the Severn at Bridgnorth. The goose-stepping mother leads a chick.

Goslings

The goslings swim in a shallow side stream.

Goslings

Watching over the feeding goslings.

Goslings

The mother needs to eat too.

Goslings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Early ducklings on the upper pool at Badger.

The grouping below is one section of a flotilla which included two broods which were being herded by both sets of parents.

Ducklings

Here is another of them.

Duckling