When I visited yesterday, there were few birds to hear or see, but there were butterflies and dragonflies all around - elusive, darting, skimming the water and plants, settling occasionally, then off again dancing in the sunlight.
I saw Large Whites, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeepers, Skippers and my first Speckled Wood.
These Demoiselles shimmered up and down a stream bed.
This damselfly (?Common Blue) preferred the dusty path.
I noticed the one below when trying to focus on one of the bright demoiselles. Despite having just bought a guide to dragonflies and damselflies I still don't know what it is (and I'm not certain about the others either (no response on iSpot yet)). In fact the book, like guides to so many different creatures in the natural world, just demonstrates how hard ID can be when there are so many variants.
Some things are easier, and though very familiar, still great to see.
And some pictures taken accidentally can also reveal something of interest.
Sissinghurst is a wonderful place to visit, but while the gardens are packed with people, the lake walk can be more peaceful and with just as many beautiful things to see.