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I’m content, duck

Friday 3rd January 2019, 11.45am (day 3,053)

Smiley duck, 3/1/20This duck looks contented enough to me. I swear that is a smile at the corner of its bill. Mind you, one thing to not complain about in 2020 thus far is the weather, and today was another very pleasant day. I like this picture because of the very limited pallette — it’s strictly brown, maybe a bit of grey — but still interesting.

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The last Muscovy duck

Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 4.55pm (day 2,980)

Last Muscovy duck, 22/10/19

First, there was the one Muscovy duck that took up residence at Hebden Bridge canal marina — this one. Then several more turned up (and had a few fights). But for a while now I have only seen one again, not the original one but this all-white one, which has made a couple of earlier blog appearances itself. The others have either died or moved on, leaving this one behind. Maybe it just likes it here. Or, maybe it is terribly lonely.

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On the Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Saturday 21st September 2019, 11.00am (day 2,949)

Huddersfield duck, 21/3/19

This canal — and its birdlife — have featured once before, in Slaithwaite. But whereas that’s a fairly rural spot, this picture was taken in the midst of the industry of Huddersfield itself. Still, it delivered a mallard so superbly lit it might have employed a Hollywood lighting director, which graciously posed in the midst of slurping up the nearby vegetation.

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Muscovy duck

Wednesday 12th June 2019, 5.25pm (day 2,848)

Muscovy duck, 12/6/19

Another of Hebden Bridge’s resident birds makes a reappearance on the blog — 8/11/15 was the same Muscovy duck, for instance. Not that it looks very happy about it today. Perhaps it’s just glum about the gloomy weather, the same as the rest of us.

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Camouflage (imperfect)

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 11.25am (day 2,378)

Snow camouflage, 27/2/18

Evidence of new tactics in the ongoing pigeon-duck conflict.  “Hah. I knew this camouflage would eventually come in useful. Now I can spy on the ducks without fear of detection.”

“Er… Bob? The feet?”

“Oh bugger.”

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Duck, Lamorbey Park (last visit?)

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 3.05pm (day 2,301)

Lamorbey duck, 12/12/17

The first time I went to Rose Bruford College in Sidcup, Kent, was on 22nd May 2012. Over the subsequent five and a half years its campus, and Lamorbey Park, in which the grounds reside, has produced some decent nature photos, including fly agaric, a couple of rather cute swans, and a parakeet amongst others. But, sadly, today was probably my last visit; so here’s the last in the series.

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Ducks (sort of)

Monday 4th December 2017, 10.30am (day 2,293)

Bathroom ducks, 4/12/17

The last two Mondays I have been on the 06:59 train into Manchester but fortunately this week could start in a much more gentle way, with a whole day working at home. But days like these don’t give out much in the way of photo opportunities. Hence the ducks. Of course, the one on the left is actually a seagull.

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Overseer

Tuesday 17th October 2017, 5.00pm (day 2,245)

Mallard, 17.10/17

This mallard and I were both watching the world go by, above the Hebden Water on this Sunday afternoon…. the first real bite of autumn, I think. Wonder what he thinks about it all.

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Don’t mess with the cygnets

Monday 15th May 2017, 11.30am (day 2,090)

Swan and cygnets, 15/5/17

This swan ain’t having anyone mess with its brood of cygnets this year. The coot high-tails it out of there under the frosty stare of the big white mother with the orange beak. Well, I probably would too.

This is full-on urban nature — taken in the centre of London, Hyde Park specifically.

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Nice weather for (Muscovy) ducks

Sunday 19th March 2017, 5.05pm (day 2,033)

Muscovy duck, 19/3/17

It’s been raining since about Friday morning, though did stop in the afternoon — a good thing seeing as the river was rising. Drove one representative of the local Muscovy duck colony off the water anyway; not that things were much less damp in town for it.

Off to Japan tomorrow. Forgive me if updates don’t arrive daily, at least for the next few days. There will be plenty to see I’m sure.

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