There was plenty of other activity though. Especially on the lake where the resident Mute Swan cob was busy patrolling the area around the island, where I suspect his mate is hidden away on the nest. As usual he was engaged in his favourite 'sport' - Canada Goose chasing. He really seems to hate these creatures with a vengeance and not just at breeding time either.
Here he is at full ramming-speed, driving off the first of his happless victims.
When he tired of surface-raiding he decided to try aerial bombardment! Note the rather bemused Tufted Duck.
Well that shifted 'em!
A pair Great Crested Grebes have nested just to the right side of island for a couple of years but this time they have decided on a new site, nearer to the middle of the lake. It will be harder to get close to this nest but you can get some distant shots from the path which runs near the lakeside.
She was 'in position' for some time before the male took the hint and did the business...
It was all over in a flash.
I've been trying to get close enough to photograph Goldcrests for ages now but haven't seen a single bird until recently. I was only about 20 feet from this pair but that still isn't near enough even with a 500mm lens + 1.4x teleconverter so I had to make do with these heavy crops.
Last but not least is this Wren, who was hanging around the hide whilst I was in there.