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The boys are back in town

Yo doods  haven’t posted for a while, so here’s a few smudges for your delectation  A Bewick’s swan doing the okey kokey, a bufflehead drake having a good look around and showing off to the ladies. A gorgeous lady mallard stretching her wings. A baby duckling recently hatched and testing the water.A beautiful (mind you, to me they are all beautiful) Northern Pintail duck. A red-crested Pochard drake. The same oiseaux also showing off to the ladies. Finally, a tufted drake having a giraffe  I promise I’ll post again shortly   xx i Jedi de Q

Bewick's swan bufflehead drake mallard duck mallard duckling pintail duck red crested pochard red-crested pochard tufted drake


Wetlands Wonderland

Yo peeps   Haven’t posted for a while, so here’s a little group of smudges I took at Barnes Wetlands one morning this week. I was in and out like a fiddler’s elbow. In at 9.30 opening time, crash bash sausage and mash, smudges taken.  By ten to eleven I was sitting down in the waterside restaurant having a cup of Rosy and a slice of Sexton Blake before returning to Chelsea.  Method in madness, special deal, only 3 sovs (£3) before 11 0’clock. The Danish pastry is a bit tasty. Sorry I digress.  First port of call was the pool where the smews reside alongside the goldeneyes.  Here’s a Barnaby Rudge of the two drakes doing the okeykokey (posturing for the ladies)

smew drakegoldeneye drake

In another of the pools a marbled teal drake was also ‘giving it plenty’. It’s the first time I’ve been able to identify the male. The crest at the back helped!

marbled teal drake

The little buffleheads looked gorgeous in their courting plumage. I enclose a photograph of mum & dad

bufflehead duckbufflehead drake

In the same pool as the buffleheads was this splendid American wood drake. I know I post a lot of smudges of the Carolina but who could resist this handsome devil?

American wood drake

I thought a quick snap of a Southern Crested Screamer would be allowed (I also post them a lot!) as he was doing a stretch in the morning sunshine.

southern crested screamer

My last port of call on my perambulations of the wetland pathways and pools was the Wildside Hide where I was delighted to capture this little grebe stretching his wings

little grebe

Before I bid you adieu, I must leave you with Mr Angry of Tunbridge Wells who was giving me the evil eye

tufted drake

That was a tufted drake.  TTFN   xx i Jedi de Quack

Please close the gate

Yo peeperooneys  Nice day at the wetlands yesterday morning. Cold, but fresh and bright.  Good visibility for smudging. First stop/pool was the mergansers habitat with an American wood duck also residing. The Mrs Hooded Merganser was ‘giving it plenty’ with the beautiful barnet and the wood duck drake didn’t look too shabby either!

hooded merganserwood drake

This little bufflehead drake was getting his knickers in a twist showing off rotten


I was pleased with the water effects for the background of this handsome white-headed drake (you know I love my water effects) with the old current bun reflecting off the reeds

white-headed drake

I was a little apprehensive entering the pool with the black swans with this chap standing guard and daring me to enter. It’s the start of the breeding season and the black Monty Don’s get a little aggressive

black swan

Well peeps, you know I also love a headshot for my portrait gallery, so was pleased to capture the wild tufty drake as he flew in to nick a bit of the collection birds tucker

tufted drake

Also was taken with the red-crested pochard drake who reminded me of my David Bowie cover ‘Pin Ups’, taken back in the 70’s with Twiggy

red-crested pochard

Hasta la pasta machacharooneys   xx     i Jedi de Quackman

Freezy coldy, but nice soft light

Yo Peeps  It was very Harry & Billy this morning but I liked the soft light. I arranged to meet Lord Moffo at the Wetland’s and wasn’t disappointed as the wuzzoes seemed pleased to see me.  Even the little robin showed up and followed me for a while. It was a treat ambulating the avenues of the reserve stopping off at different countries. Oh yes, there are various locations geographically for the exotic collection of wuzzo (oiseaux). Not sure what location it was for my first two birds (I’ve never read the various well-placed information boards) A Mrs Bufflehead languishing elegantly by a pool, while Mrs American wood duck gracefully swam by

buffleheadAmerican wood duck

The hooded merganser drake whizzed about showing off rotten in front of the merganser ladies

hooded merganser

I stopped by the African pool where the southern crested screamers were ‘giving it plenty’ in the posing department. I’m not sure if they should be in the ‘African’ section? Mind you, there is a Northern screamer, so perhaps my discombobulation was unnecessary. I know I show the screamers a lot, but who can resist a screamer?

southern crested screamer

As Moffo and myself headed back towards the waterside restaurant for our morning cup of burnt toffee and a slice of Sexton Blake an iridescent loaf of bread of a falcated Sir Francis Drake caught the mince pie, so we stopped briefly for a quick smudge. I think it was in an Oriental pool as it also contained Chinese spot-billed ducks?

falcated drake

His Lordship and myself will be heading for Kent this weekend where I’m looking forward to catching up with my chums at Bomber Command (SBBOT) as well as a morning’s Barnaby Rudging at Oare Marsh.   Hasta la pasta machachas xx i Jedi de Quack

Tapping St Louis* back on!!

Yo Peeps   Felt well enough to go birding yesterday so took the kipper to Barnes Wetland Centre. Not well enough to face the Rubic Cube yet.  What a nice day in turned out to be. The old current had put his hat on and it wasn’t too taters** I was rewarded with ( I think) great shots of the pulchritudinous wuzzo.  First I’ll give you a couple of headshots.  A Mrs Hooded Merganser and Mr Red-crested pochard

hooded merganserred-crested pochard

Now peeps, you know I like water movement and colour composition, so was pleased with the way the sun reflected on the rippling water.  The two wuzzoes are hooded merganser drake and a bufflehead ducky

DSC_8752hooded merganser drake

During my perambulations I seemed to be followed by a curious little robin. Here’s a smudge of the saucy little bird watching me from a nearby tree


Until the next time,  hasta la pasta machachas (spellcheck tried to make that machetes!!!)  xxxx    i Jedi de Quack

* St Louis = St Louis Blues – shoes     **Taters + potatoes in the mould – cold


Yo Peeps     another Frankie Lainey day.  I must admit I stayed home at Quack Towers today except for an excursion to Waitrose to replenish victuals, then crossing the King’s Strada to Chelsea Library to re-stock up on Alexander McCall Smith’s wonderful shepherds crooks.  On my last visit to the Wetlands I did take a few portraits, so here for your delectation a bufflehead drake, hooded merganser duck, falcated drake and Laysan teal whose sex I’m not sure of.  Mind you, I was pleased to get close to this little rarity.    hasta la doodah peeps  xx i Jedi d’KwackKwack

bufflehead drakehooded merganser duck

falcated drakelaysan teal

Two posers and a saucy jackdaw

Hi peepsters  well my drears, it turned out nice again which was a relief are last night’s fireworks disappointments with the continuing Frankie Laine.  Mind you, this blinkin’ fireworks business has been going on all week here in Chelsea waking up old d’Kwack in his slumbers so I wasn’t too distressed with the half-hearted displays in the rain. I took the Rubic cube this morning and it was such a pleasant walk to the station as I was accompanied by Melanie Estelle my delightful daughter who was making her way back to Abergavenny haven’t stayed overnight at Quack Towers. The apple pie was blue and clear above the WWT reserve and a little bit Harry & Billy, perfect for Barnaby Rudge’ing, innit. I was rewarded with two serious Vogue posers, Mr Canvasback and Monsieur Bufflehead. They were giving it plenty Barbara Goalen (famous 50’s fashion model) which I’ve placed for your delectation.

canvas back drakebufflehead drake

After a satisfying morning’s smudging I visited the riverside restaurant for a cup of hot chocolate and a slice of Sexton Blake, yum yum.  Well would you Adam & Evelyn Waugh it, a saucy jackdaw hopped onto my table and demanded a piece of Sexton. Being a big softy I gave him a piece but insisted he posed for me! I enclose Barnaby of saucy jackdaw waiting for his grub


hasta la pasta chums     xx  iJedi de Quack