So early evening yesterday, as we were watching TV, the unmistakable sound of cheeping was heard. Rushing to the window I spied a duck with 7 ducklings. A lot of ahhh aren't they cute but then...another duck with 15 ducklings. All more or less the same age so must have hatched that day. Admiring this brood suddenly Ian said "your not going to believe this but another duck has appeared with 8 this time. Blimey the Drakes around here must have been at it all on the same day but unfortunately for the mum of eight, one was trying it on again. This time she gave him a right telling off...as it should be. Loads of photos I'm afraid.
|Duck 1 with 7 (2 out of the picture)|
|Duck 2 with 15 ducklings|
|Duck 2's mate keeping a sharp eye on the little ones.|
|such a long way up|
|15 ducklings to fit under mum.....mmm... somehow I doubt it.|
|Duck 1 with her 7 tucked neatly under her. That's her mate asleep.|
|Duck 1 takes to the water as duck 3 arrives|
|Duck number 3 with 8. Notice her head. Badly mauled by the Drakes This one was still attractive to the Drakes|
|Duck 2 not happy seeing duck 3's youngsters|
|Duck 3 not happy|
|'cos that Drake arrived|
|you tell him girl|
|She makes a hasty retreat (that head looks bad)|
|She took refuge on FS|
|But the cries to her ducklings were to much to ignore|
|Back with them once more|
So there you have it. Loads more on the wildlife blog
We did go back to do more of Chester today. The Hop on Hop off bus around the city, The Cathedral and the Roman Deva museum. Walking down some of the streets we came across vintage cars. It was the clubs 'Take a Drive's' annual day out. All shiny and gleaming and all to be admired. It was on our way back after a good days sightseeing that the embarrassing moment happened.
There was I admiring those cars again and not really paying attention to what was around me when next thing I knew I was on the pavement, lying face down and sprawled out. People rushed to my aid but boy did I feel foolish. I managed to get myself up with the help of Ian. Not only did I hurt both knees and elbows but the camera round my neck took the full force of the fall. Needless to say the glass lens had two lovely cracks running through it. Luckily, in fact ,VERY luckily I had the filter lens on over the main lens and this was the only thing damaged. Could have been an expensive fall and as for me..well I felt really stupid and embarrassed. Found out afterwards that I fell over a raised step around a small monument, no ones fault but my own!
Scenes around Chester,
|Mayor and Mayoress admiring the cars|
Roman Dewa museum
|Always useful to know the Roman numerals. And an animal skull found during the excuvations|