The last time I saw the squirrels by the pond they were little more than sodden strings of matted grey, their tails soaked to a thin string. They're not quite at full 'bushy tailed' phase yet (wait for the autumn when all the native mammals look their best), but I assure you this is a lot more squirrel-like than the last one I photographed.
There must be some young sparrows about. The adults are much less cautious than usual as they come down to feed. Here's a shot of a male resting by the side of the pond.
Another creature resting up pond-side is the one inhabitant of the pond that I have extremely mixed feeling about. Terrapins are a predatory invader species. Thankfully the chances of them breeding are small (thugh not impossible), but they do impact on native wildlife and these ones are certainly growing.
Now for the promised ducklings. This one is from the smaller brood and may in fact be the sole survivor of its clutch.
I can't finish without some fox updates. Rough-ear was out early this evening, as the sun was setting. I shot some video which I may get round to processing (it's not great quality), and took a few stills. This is at ISO 2000, which gives an idea of just how little light there was.
Soon after that shot I resorted to flash. This next shot is interesting in that if you look just above the cub's head and to the right you can see one of the innumerable May Bugs (cockchafer) that are blundering their way around the garden at the moment. Easy pickings for young foxes.
And from later in the evening, the shy male cub poses for a portrait.
Camera note: all pond shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS lens. As ever, the garden foxes were photographed with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens.