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Swans and ducks on the frozen canal

Swans charge at the ice to break it, so they can reach bread scattered on the surface of the frozen canal. Ducks try to waddle across the top of the ice. Filmed from my narrowboat, moored opposite the boatyard in Rodley on the Leeds and Liverpool canal.
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Moored outside Hampton Court

How’s this for a pretty fine spot for our first night on the Thames, moored outside the gates of Hampton Court? In the evening we were mobbed by hungry birds: it’s the coots I feel sorry for. Continue reading

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Terrapin spotted in canal

I’d heard about the turtles that get dumped in the canals but never seen one before. Saw this one on the Grand Union Canal near Kensal Rise. Continue reading

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Coot’s nest on Grand Union Canal near Paddington

Coots build floating nests out of twigs and frankly any old rubbish they can pull out of the canal. They usually attach their nest to something like a branch to prevent it from floating away. Coots seem quite happy to make use of anything they find and this bird has made her home on polystryene packaging attached to the side of a narrowboat. Continue reading

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The urban myth of Swan Bake

I moored Bristol Fashion near the Horse and Barge pub in Denham, overlooking Harefield Marina. Because I was having trouble mooring in shallow water, a chap helped me pull the boat in. We chatted and he told me a story … Continue reading

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