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Whole lotta stretching going on

Yo Peepsters   Well my drears, after the last few days deluge of Frankie it was a relief to see the old current put his titfer on, innit. As the visability was so good I decided to take the heavier Wedgwood’s which necessitated driving the kipper to the Wetlands. Don’t forget, I need a tripod and gimble to support the lens which is a bit of a faff on the old Rubic Cube..  All boded well until I crossed Hammersmith Bridge. For some reason Castelnau Road in Barnes was closed off so Yours T had to divert along the Thames on a roundabout route to the WWT.  Actually, I quite enjoyed taking a new route and sightseeing along the river bank. In fact when I left the reserve the road was still closed so I decided to drive over Putney Common towards Putney Bridge (which thankfully is now operating again)  Sorry doods, I’m digressing (as is my want, anno domini innit) I had a delightful morn perambulating the paths and pools of the Wetlands and managed smudges of wuzzoes doing the okey kokey, splashing and stretching which I enclose for your delectation

comb drakeDSC_8367

DSC_8458pink footed goose

You will notice that the juvenile Monty Don has a rather unpleasant dent in its Gregory Peck. I do believe his dad had ‘turfed’ him out as he had outstayed his welcome. The cob and biro (pen – courtesy Del Boy) were in an adjoining pool and didn’t want the youngster on the premises. The other stretchers are my old favourite the comb drake, magpie goose and a pink footed goose.  On my perambulations I also took a few ‘portraits’  I was particularly pleased with the plumed whistling duck who could easily be a contender for a Vogue cover.

plumed whistling duck

The other two posers are a spot billed duck and a white headed drake

spot billed duckwhite headed drake

bye bye chaps/chapettes           until the next time    remember you’re a womble      x  i Jedi d’kwack

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Marbled Teal losing his marbles

Hello Mateys   It was very muggy when I arose this morning so decided to let the train take the strain!  Leaving the kipper at home I took Shank’s Pony up the frog to South Ken and jumped on a Rubic’s Cube to Hammersmith.  What a treat, the old Uncle Gus was waiting to take me straight to the Wetlands, and you could tell it was my bus by the lady lucks decorating the sides.

duck bus

On arrival I couldn’t help myself but had to do another portrait of a Bewick’s Monty Don who was posing close to the entrance. I know I’ve shown a Bewick’s before but I luvs ’em. I shot the Monty as if I was ‘doing’ a Vogue cover.

Bewick's swan

Another treat was the outrageous magpie geese. I enclose a smudgerooney for your delectation. Carrying on my perambulation around the winding paths of the reserve I came upon a marbled teal whizzing up and down and around a small scrape. I felt sorry for the little bird as I noticed one wing had been clipped when he tried to fly off. You can see the missing primaries in the Barnaby i took. I carried on to the Peacock hide and noticed an unusual large number of Canada geese.  Apparently they had been gathering in a field close to the reserve, but today was a children’s sport thingy so they had sensible removed to the safety of the WWT! Here’s a picture of the old mother’s.   Ta ta for now   x  i Jah de Quack

magpie goose

marbled teal

canada geese