Back out on the canal these past few days, I have been able to do a little bit of fishing again…….but, to be completely honest I’ve been concentrating more on feeding the ducks and geese rather than feeding the fish!
With the beautiful weather we have been having these past few days and with my camera ready at the side of me, I have been waiting patiently, and in anticipation of Jemima Puddleduck and her brood to make a proper appearance. On Friday I was duly rewarded with the sound of faint little squeaks and several quacking sounds heading in my direction.
Jemima cautiously eyed me up for a moment as she approached my direction, and then gathering her little brood she ushered them towards me…….and that was before the appearance of the bread. Whilst letting them feed she kept an ever watchful eye upon her babies ensuring no harm would come to any of them….and at the same time she was trying hard to avoid the amorous advances of three drakes in the close vicinity. Just goes to prove how good the female of any species is good at multi tasking. The drakes had apparently decided in this glorious warm sunshine that they had an appetite for more than a couple of slices of bread ( I think they were trying to prove to Jemima they were the best thing since sliced bread!)
I felt privileged in the fact that she brought her babies up to within a few feet of me, and allowed me to see them that close up. She didn’t seem at all wary of the fishing pole I was using.
About a week or so back there was a fishing contest on this stretch of the canal on the opposite bank, and despite my love of fishing for over the last 40 yrs, I became very annoyed at the attitude of one of the anglers. Whilst on my lunch break this particular day, I took only my camera and some bread out to feed the geese and ducks. Knowing full well I would not be permitted to fish in this area whilst a contest was in progress, I didn’t take my fishing pole out. The geese decided to congregate in their usual place to await feeding…..by now a perfectly normal routine for them. Whilst this was not directly in front of any of the swims of the anglers in the contest, the last angler in the line chose to tell me, across at me from the opposite side of the bank that the birds had been a bl****y nuisance all morning, by flying up and down that stretch of canal, flapping about and chasing each other, and they shouldn’t be encouraged there. I had to stop and remind him…..very politely, the birds had every right to be there, after all this was their natural habitat, their home and they (the anglers) were the ones invading the creatures territory.
It struck me how intolerant and disrespectful some people can be towards our natural wildlife and their surrounding habitat. I actually felt ashamed of another anglers attitude towards these creatures. One of the things I have learned to do over many years is to respect these creatures, and respect their surroundings and habitat. They have as much right, if not more right, to be there on these waterways than I have. So I have learned to enjoy and share their presence, and their habitat and home. Something I was told many years ago……especially so with Swans and their Cygnets, is if they are on land and you want to approach them, then you can do so by bowing your head down and approach them slowly and cautiously. This gesture apparently shows them a sense of respect, and it also makes them aware that you will not cause them or their young ones any harm. It works for me every time.
Any way, I will be keeping an ever watchful eye on these ducklings over the coming weeks as well as the goslings, and will continue to watch their progress. Here are some of the photo’s I was able to take on Friday. I hope you enjoy them.
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