Whiteknights lake

Bit late with posting this one up, but last week we decided to 'get out and about'.

We've got the regular locations but spurred on by a post on our local 'facebook' group, we decided to head out to a local lake. It's actually part of the Reading University campus in the middle of the town, but it covers quite a large area.

After abandoning the car miles from the entrance (there isn't anywhere to park), we got to the lake and started on a simple tour around the edge of the lake - probably a couple of miles walk in total.

There is a huge amount of wildlife there, which was lovely to see and lots of young around too.

I'll cut straight to it with some of the wildlife we saw (quite picture heavy, sorry!)....

This Heron was keeping a very close eye on the various chicks floating around the lake - I'm pretty sure as an easy meal!

The Heron above was actually watching the moorhen chicks...

Canada Geese Goslings...

 Swan Cygnets...

And with a face only a mother could love... Coot chicks...

Obligatory, and friendly bushy-tailed rat (aka squirrel)...

An actual rat, one of a couple which were quite happy to sit in the open on the bank...

 We were lucky, and I was really happy, to see this beautiful male Mandarin duck...

And finally, we came across this chap (or chapess), actually 3 of these, I'd never seen them before, and size wise were about twice the size of our Mallard ducks. They weren't worried about me and I'd guessed that they weren't native.

After a bit of research I believe these to be "Cayuga" ducks, which are from North America.... nice looking though!

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Diana  
Lovely, especially the Mandarin!  
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