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View from the Uncle Gus

Yo peepsters  I decided on the Rubic Cube and Uncle Gus for my sojourn to the wetlands this morning. There was a bit of ice and slush on the frog and toad so didn’t fancy kippering it! Good job I ‘bussed it’ today, it looks like the bus drivers are going on strike in London tomorrow. Despite the freezy coldy the current bun had got his hat on and it was very pleasant. I even managed a shot (on my iPhone) from the bus (sorry about the dirty windows) of the River Thames as I crossed Hammersmith Bridge

Hammersmith Bridge

Arriving at Barnes WWT I took another shot of the mandarin drake who looks much sleeker than my last post because he’d just swum up from beneath the Neptune’s daughter

mandarin Drake

My favourite wuzzoe, the comb drake or knob-billed duck if you prefer, was doing the okey kokey to impress the ladies. I loved the iridescent sheen on his wings

comb drake

My next stop was the pool with the screamers in, although it was a bit  ‘taters in the mould’ for them to be too vociferous

southern crested screamer

The rest of the morning I spent doing headshots for my portrait gallery. For your delectation I include a spot-billed duck, a pretty mandarin duck and a very elegant black swan peering round his partner’s Gregory Peck!

spot-billed duckmandarin duckblack swans

Until the next time machachas     xx  i Jedi de Quack


Cold & frosty morn

Yo peeps It was rather bleak this morning as I peered out of my box and looked along Pond Place.  Nevertheless, a strong cup of Palm Toffee set me up for a jolly birding outing. As it was a bit slippy with ice on the frog I decided to leave the kipper at the kerb and take the Rubic Cube and Uncle Gus for a Wetland’s sojourn.  And it was delightful. Great fun watching the coots slipping and a sliding on the ice as well as a carrion crow

cootcarrion crow

I managed smudges of a Carolina drake (American wood duck) doing the Okey Kokey as well as a handsome ferruginous drake posing by the water’s edge

Carolinaferruginous duck

The light became better as the morning moved on and I was pleased to indulge in my penchant for bird headshot portraits destined for my Portrait Archive. For your delectation I give you a gorgeous mallard duck (I luvs ’em)   A fulvous whistling duck, a Mandarin drake and a canvasback drake


fulvous whistling duck

Mandarin drake

canvasback drake

All in all, a very satisfying morning. As I left the reserve the old current bun still had his hat on despite the freezy coldy.

‘Til the next time, tooty frooty xx i Jedi de Q

Turned out nice again

SHALOM ALEICHEM doodsters      What a beautiful day today.  I decided to take the big guns to the wetlands this morning as the visibility looked good for smudging necessitating taking the kipper.  Also doodsters it’s easier driving on a Sunday so I could accommodate the accompanying gimballed tripod. I’d look a right tart getting on the Rubic Cube lugging a big case and a tripod. So chaps, today’s Barnaby Rudge’s are of a Northern pintail drake full length and headshot and a Mandarin drake, also full length and headshot.    Biz shpeter x i Jah d’Kwackkwack

Northern pintail drake

Northern pintail drake 2

Mandarin drake2


Volitation, Viscissitude & Variety of Hirundae at Restharrow

Prynhawn da Peeps     Kaibosh and Yours T spent about ten minutes at the Jeckle this morning vadering the whizzing sleepy hollows, but a taters northerly dampened our cod fillet,  so we carried on to Bomber Command for Charlotte Joffe and a chinwag with Johnathon the Moth and Johnathon the paint.  Unfortunately, young Kaiboy being a cherry isn’t allowed on the premises so I had to leave him in the kipper with the hump! I wasn’t too long though and we quickly returned to Quack Towers via the Ancient Crovis with Kaibuncle giving me the evil mince pie as he lay in the passenger seat muttering under his breath like an asthmatic budgerigar. I’ll have to cook him a couple of sausages with his tin of doggy stuff. That  little cherry loves a soss, but Lady de Q tells me off saying it’s too salty for cherries! So I’ll surreptitiously slip him a soss when memsahib’s not looking, making sure his water bowl is full.  Anyways peeps, as I don’t have sufficient smudges from this morning I’ll post some portraits I’d taken from my recent archive,  They are  influenced from my days as a fashion and rockstar photographer.  I shot (ouch) the lady mandarin ducky as if it was for a Vogue cover.  The black swan Harper’s Bazaar, and the Black-necked swan for Mad Magazine!    lechyd da      x i jah de Q