The only free parking space in Colchester is conveniently situated by the river and the walk through Castle Park confirmed my suspicions that there would be Goosanders on the lake. So I took the camera (of course!) and got some pics. Drake Goosanders are a challenge in all sorts of light because their contasting plumage tends to over-expose the white bits (steady...) but the females are nice too.
Also pictured are a male Siskin, Tufted Duck and a Little Egret on the river bank coming back in the dusk.