Steve also saw two terrapins sunbathing in Globe Pond as well. I've seen a large terrapin there before too, and one has to wonder how many of them there are living in Globe Pond.
Today I went up to Yvonne's shop (the Mace on Elgar Street) to get a freshly baked French stick, which was still warm when I picked it up. On the way back I walked along Greenland Dock and there was more aquatic bird life on the water than I have seen in a very long time. There was the usual aray of seagulls, coots, moorhens and mallards. But there were others to see too.
A great crested grebe was swimming along with a tatty light grey adolescent at her side. It was really quite a large chick and I was amazed to see it climb onto its parent's back as they do when they are tiny. I had no idea that they continued to cadge a free ride that late in life . The parent remained completely unruffled - and didn't sink.
There was also a family of mute swans - both parents and three nearly-grown mottled brown cygnets.
There were four very pale light brown ducks, similar in appearence to female mallards but much lighter and less varied in shade and colour. I was not close enough to see enough details to match them up with my bird identification books.
A wagtail was hopping along the edge of the dock but took off as I approached. I've become very good at identifying different wagtails because they are ubiquitous in southern Egypt. On one memorable occasion I was on a boat on Lake Nasser and the wagtails were so accustomed to regarding the cruise ships as great big bird tables that it was possible to feed them by hand. They are delightful. However, the Greenland Dock wagtail from today was a complete mystery. It had all the mannerisms of a pied wagtail ut it was quite the wrong colours (for male, female or juvenile) but had a lot of grey markings and very few black ones. I wish that I had had the camera with me.