As you can see, a mallard pair had moved into the territory for a nap. A lot of the birds were sleeping in the afternoon sun. I thought Chris got a rather nice shot of a couple of male mallards elsewhere in the reserve:
We were actually at the centre for a presentation by Sir Peter's better-known organisation, WWF, on their work in Borneo and Mexico. The main thing I took away from this was the need to get supermarkets to commit themselves to using sustainable palm oil. Well, that and a free cuddly polar bear.
Anyway, this meeting of WWT and WWF, and this glorious late-spring day, give me an excuse to quote from Sir Peter's autobiography. Gazing out at the nature in his garden, he wrote:
I am more than ever convinced that I am the luckiest man I know. I say this not with smugness or self-satisfaction but because I can think of nothing sadder than to live a happy life without recognising it. Maybe I am an ostrich with my head in the sand. Maybe fate or my own or other men's folly has all kinds of disasters in store for me, but they cannot take away these exciting and happy years. Not to acknowledge such good fortune would be inexcusable.