half moon

Water World

Friday 8th September 2000, West Yorkshire
mallard in full plumagemallards MALLARDS are now starting to come out of their summer moult. There's a drake in a dull, half-way plumage with the 'ducks' by the rapids. As I mentioned before, theses 'ducks' might be just as easily be juveniles or adult drakes in eclipse.

heron In the morning as the milkman and the paper boys do their rounds, a Heron often flies low over the rooftops, towards the wood. Well-stocked garden ponds and the stream that runs through the wood seem to be more attractive to herons than the river. Perhaps the steep riverbanks put them off.

In the evening, a watery moon hangs above the wood. next page

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

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