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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

Wetlands’s Wonderland

Hi Peepers    Had a jolly time yesterday at the wetlands Barnes WWT.  Wasn’t too cold but the sun came out with his titfer on. First port of call was the pond with the goldeneyes. I think dad has just got his leg over (so to speak) and mum is having a good think about it!

goldeneye drakegoldeneye duck

I was pleased with my Barnaby Rudge of the drake canvasback as it’s hard to see the unfortunate clipped wing while the other looks magnificent as he goes full stretch

canvasback  drake

I spotted this handsome American wood drake lurking in the trees beside the pool. Fortunately the sun shone through and lit him up!

American wood drake

Moving on I ‘captured’ this tufted drake who obliged me by swimming into the middle of the pool where I managed to get reflections from the reeds shimmering on the Neptune’s.  You know I love a water effect.

tufted drake

Close by were a pair of scaup.  I love the way the old current caught the iridescence on dad’s loaf of bread


Another nice water effect was reflected around the white-headed duck as she swam about minding her own business.  Fabulous proboscis, innit

white headed duck

until the next time my friends    xx i Jedi de Quack

Neptune’s daughter = water     current bun = sun    titfer tat = hat  Barnaby Rudge – smudge = photograph loaf of bread = head

PS  I’ve included the small glossary as a few of my friends in distant lands are discombobulated by the cockney rhyming slang

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

“Ready for my close-up Mr De Mille”

Yo Peepsters   Had a very pleasant morning at the Wetlands where I was accompanied by that distinguished lepidopterist Lord Moffo of Twickershire. I was also accompanied during my ambulation of the Wetland’s bucolic pathways by a little robin. He even followed me to a pool where I managed to Barnaby Rudge Mr & Mrs American Wood Duck, known to their friends as ‘Carolinas’.  Here first is the little robin perched on the water’s edge


As well as a family group portrait of the Carolinas I also took headshots of these beautiful birds for my portrait gallery archive

American wood ducks

American wood drakeAmerican wood duck

Carrying on my perambulation, having lost a robin but gained a Moffo, I captured a handsome Tufted drake who had dropped in to nick a bit of the ‘collections’ grub. I thought his tuft was very impressive as he’s preparing himself for the upcoming breeding season

Tufted drake

My last port of call at the reserve was the Wildlife Hide which is well away from the assorted collections. I took this shot of a rather impressive cormorant who I assume is a youngster by the light feathering around his Gregory Peck and on top of his loaf of bread?


TTFN  machachas  xxx     i Jedi de Q, Earl of Mustard and Surrounding Condiments

Individualistic, leucistic, impressionistic little biscuit

hello my peeps   I managed to get another smudge of the little leucistic mallard duckling. While we’re on the “Aagh” smudges, let me present for your delectation this tiny tufty duckling as well. I managed one of my ‘portraits’ of a handsome barnacle goose as well as a Barnaby of a goldeneye lady. I particularly liked the composition and ‘feel’ with the rippling water  throwing up patterns reminding me of moire silk (don’t forget, I was in the schmutter business)   I luvs yer and leaves yer   x  i Jedi de Kwacksnack


tufty duck

barnacle goose

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Crimson Clover

Hi Doods     It was quiet but extremely pleasant on the insulating tape this morning.  I was surprised to see the water had gone up again, nearly an inch and a half. It was the deluge of Wednesday night. Apparently it rained a month’s rain in one day!  I’m curious to know what the scrape’s going to look like when the water eventually falls. Anyways peeps, there were plenty of youngsters whizzing about with their protective parents, and as usual the coots were being unnecessarily belligerent, especially with the innocent tufties. I counted 11 coot babies on the Cabernet along with 2 broods of mallard and the shovelers little team of 10. I enclose a Barnaby of a baby coot who does a rather good impression of Groucho Marx. I also enclose a smudge of Master Kaibosh because I like the cut of his jib, and I don’t think you want to see another smudjo of a tufty, lapwing or oystercatcher as much as I like smudging ’em.  Incidentally, there was quite some excitement when our intrepid leader, Ian the warden, discovered a crimson clover which hasn’t been seen in this part of Kent for yonks. I enclose my smudge of the crimson clover courtesy of Ken Chapman.  hasta la pasta     x  i jedi de Quack