Last week Chris and I took at couple of days break after finishing our annual Arts and Crafts exhibition that we stage from our home each March. We went to stay with his aunt and uncle who live at East Grinstead in Sussex. Rather than go the quicker way along the motorways, we decided to take the slower but more scenic route. About 2/3rds of the way along there is a nice small lake near the town of Midhurst. Here we stopped to have our lunch. Now although these two species of bird are not native to Britain, they're handsome enough for me to enjoy taking a few shots after our lunch. The Black Swan is a native of Australia. It was introduced here and is found on many lakes around Britain.
That white in the wing makes a stunning contrast to the rest of it's inky black plumage.
It seems to have a much kinder looking face than our native Mute Swan.
Across on the far side of the lake is a pleasing folly. I don't know anything about this lake and so dont know who built the lake and folly or who it belongs to now, but it's definitely a great place to stop for a break from driving! (-:
The other non native bird I found here is the Egyptian Goose. It was introduced in the 18th Century from Africa.
That golden yellow eye stands out beautifully!
It's certainly one of the weirder looking geese I've seen, not the prettiest!
I like this shot of it preening.
It certainly seemed happy to have it's photo taken!