|Lapwings mobbing geese|
|Primroses: spring is here!|
|Ivinghoe across the deep-set College Lake|
To make things worse I only had the old binoculars with me and they weren't that helpful.
|The way up - marked by footpath erosion|
It was a fabulous day, I could see for miles, even with the late morning haze. The day was made by catching a view of a red kite, and by the singing of the larks - fabulous. The biggest winged presence by far though was the number of model planes being flown from the summit! One thing I had expected to see was more difficult to locate. The once bright chalk lion carved on Dunstable down at Whipsnade zoo seemed to be missing. I eventually found it, sadly dimmed and grassed over: Whipsnade managers have obviously decided to let it fade away.
And why did I call this" other people's grass"? Well I reckon the lake on my doorstep - Caldecotte Lake in Milton Keynes gives me better opportunities to photograph birds and as much variety - more in fact than I saw at College Lake on Sunday!!
Altogether a great walk that will have to last me, as I'm housebound with a fever / infection this weekend. Sigh.
|The Beacon from the car park area|
|The view northwards|
|The Beacon, with distant faded chalk lion|