Wandering, Looking and Checking

Saturday, June 16th 2018

Dog Daisies are doing really well this year.  The end of the path behind the orchard on the way to the Dog Leg net ride is full of them.

Dog Daisies

The lake side where the ducks are fed is also covered with them.

Dog Daisies

Checking the ponies, the heart rate started to rise, only one pony!

Only one pony!

Careful looking around eventually found two ponies, heart rate decreased!

Two ponies

Storm Hector has brought down more fine branches and leaves rather than any serious damage.  I thought that these Sycamore leaves, blown in from the edge of the conifer block, looked rather artistic.

Artisitc leaves?

I fed the ducks on the side of the lake.  As I approached they all decided that water was better than land.  Walking back across the lake I had reached the weir when out came the ducks to feed.  Obviously my progress had been carefully watched and when I was judged to be far enough away, it was safe to leave the water to feed.

Feeding Mallard

Glancing up the lake I spotted Mr Tufty - a male Tufted Duck.  It is a while since I had seen him.  A movement and there was Mrs Tufty with nine chicks which she called to her so that they were all line astern.  Unfortunately the light and the pond weed and a full zoom on the camera does not make a great photo but it is a record.  

Mrs Tufty and young


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