Over the last few days at my office, on the edge of Cheriton village, we have had some really good wildlife sightings. Two of the mammal highlights being Red Fox and Weasel. We have also had plenty of birdlife on offer too, a Peregrine Falcon, a Treecreeper, a couple of Nuthatch, a Marsh Tit and a host of other common garden birds as well as the usual wetland birds such as Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mallard Duck & Kingfisher.
There are quite a few Little Egret feeding along the River Itchen at the moment and one individual appears at the same spot everyday. In the early weeks of February we had some particularly cold weather with some severe frosts - this image was taken on one of those bitterly cold mornings. The Egret flew off up the river as I approached, with little cover I was never going to get very close, but I managed to get a few shots off before the bird disappeared behind some distant reeds.
The Treecreeper is often seen around our office garden and it seems to have taken a liking to our mossy wall, lining the mill stream. Yesterday it was back and was busy feeding as it clung to the moss clad wall, so I took the opportunity to get a few images.
This male Mallard has been repeatedly seen around the mill over the last couple of weeks, spending much of his time with a female. The two of them have been feeding in the mill stream as well as scavenging on the dropped garden bird food. Today he hopped up onto the wall with his lady friend and posed for a few minutes whilst I took some shots.