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Image Taken on 21 May 2014 at 12:18    Image of day on 25 Jul 2014

The warmest pond had a scattering of Azure Damselflies laying eggs in the pond weed. The female is on the floating fibre. The segments of the abdomen hinge without any ill-effects.

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Image Taken on 06 Apr 2015 at 15:57    Image of day on 03 Jun 2015

Cherry Blossom is beautiful en-masse on the trees, and a closer look at the individual flowers does not disappoint.

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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2018 at 16:05    Image of day on 09 Aug 2018

This is a Comma Butterfly (the white 'comma' giving it is name just visible on the lower surface of the right wing). This was on Hop Sedge where we now see them most years in the spring/summer. We used to only see them on windfall apples in the orchard in the Autumn.

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Image Taken on 25 Aug 2017 at 13:36    Image of day on 11 Oct 2017

Out first Darter Dragonfly of 2017 is appropriately a 'Common Darter', here perched on the leaves of the Dogwood that dominates the island of the duck-shaped pond looking for something to hunt and something to mate with.

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Image Taken on 09 May 2017 at 17:29    Image of day on 29 Jun 2017

This male Mallard Duck look like it has tried to bring half the pond's duckweed along with it. The Duckweed is not complaining - any pond without the weed will soon gets it first delivery along with assorted tiny creatures and eggs caught up in it.

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Image Taken on 16 Jul 2014 at 10:59    Image of day on 22 Sep 2014

OK kids - time to line up and go.

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Image Taken on 23 Nov 2015 at 13:27    Image of day on 02 Jan 2016

This Dunnock finds a sheltered and reasonably safe place to enjoy a short spell of warm sunshine. It is on the remains of a Mallard duck nest box never used as intended by any bird that we know of. It is now on 'Duck' pond island where we moved it after the lack of success at the main pond. By chance you can see it in just the first two images at

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Image Taken on 30 Jul 2012 at 20:04    Image of day on 03 Sep 2012

One of our foxes longing for a tasty duck as she swims quietly away!

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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2015 at 18:03    Image of day on 01 Sep 2015

The Grey squirrel seems to have gone into an attacking frenzy against this poor innocent female Mallard duck just looking for a 'bite' to eat.

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Image Taken on 30 May 2015 at 18:15    Image of day on 04 Aug 2015

Genuine single frame of this nonchalant Male Mallard duck as a Grey Squirrel leaps at it with his claws exposed. We have NO IDEA what happened next!

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Image Taken on 15 Apr 2012 at 17:53    Image of day on 16 May 2012

What's going on here?
The Grey squirrel is definitely on the back of the female mallard duck, while the male duck stands behind - top of head at the tip of the squirrel tail and shadow of beak on the tree.
We can only imagine what the squirrel thinks it is doing!

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Image Taken on 21 May 2014 at 12:17    Image of day on 25 Jul 2014

The warmest pond had a scattering of Large Red Damselflies ('Large' being a relative term!) laying eggs in the pond weed. The female is on the leaf. The segments of the abdomen hinge without any ill-effects.

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Image of day on 01 May 2005

These three male mallard are going around as a group now that 'their girls' are probably all sitting on eggs.

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Image of day on 14 May 2005

A number of mallard pairs have re-appeared presumably after failed nesting attempts. The 'boys' hang around the 'girls' while the girls feed up to make a new batch of eggs.

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Image Taken on 29 May 2006 at 18:07    Image of day on 14 Jun 2006

We never tire of Mallard Drakes in Flight. He will soon be moulting and losing those lovely colours until Autumn.

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Image Taken on 17 Apr 2019 at 10:18    Image of day on 11 May 2019

... her mate swim backwards and forwards in quiet 'guard duty', providing a chance to catch his reflection.

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Image Taken on 06 Apr 2008 at 08:45    Image of day on 22 Apr 2008

The snow here has not lasted long, but a quick rush out with the camera produced some rewarding results. The 'Duck & Daffodils' sounds like it ought to be the name of a country pub.

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Image Taken on 05 Apr 2006 at 16:39    Image of day on 11 Apr 2006

There appears to be just one pair of Mallard ducks on the plot. The female is forever feeding and is absent first thing in the morning, so we assume she is making and laying eggs in a nest nearby. Here she is sparkling in the late afternoon sun.

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Image Taken on 07 Apr 2007 at 10:28    Image of day on 08 May 2007

There seem to be 3 drakes and 2 ducks lurking round the site. Here a pair drowse in unusually warm early April sunshine.

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Image Taken on 26 Mar 2017 at 18:07    Image of day on 03 May 2017

We mostly see Mallard Ducks feeding in the main pond, but here a female (the edge of the male a metre left is cropped out) exploring one of the feeding sites at the end of the daylight.

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