Anyone reading this is likely to be painfully aware that I mostly – like 95% mostly – blog pictures of flora and fauna on Godfrey’s Pond in Worksop and the Chesterfield Canal between Retford and Kiveton park.
This post is no exception. It starts round t’pond and continues with the walk from Kiveton Park back home.
Lens: the 70-300, while bloody good at the 300 end of its throw, is just too slow at focussing to be any good for rapidly moving wildlife. So I’m almost solely using 18-105 which is lovely. Obviously it’s not as much use for distant birds and such so I’ve been playing about with the editing prog “the GIMP” to pull out some pseudo-closeups from distant pics.
The Nikon D7000 on fast repeat is really fast. I’m out for ½ an hour and there’s over 150 pictures all of which have to be looked at before blogging a few. Those that I’m going to use I editlink before uploading.
Just click on any pic to embiggen.
Round the pond meadow browns, gatekeepers and ringlets seem to have taken over from speckled woods. Didn’t notice the spider until I looked at the pic on the computer a lot later.
Fauna: two of a chiffchaff in its customary place over the footpath (I played with GIMP on these two to show what can be pulled out of a distant picture), an unidentified moth, a ringlet butterfly and a couple of blue/green flies. Flora: flower and fruit of a lime tree and some beautiful rose bay willows.
The old path down the eastern side and underneath Dog Kennel bridge shows how it was formerly a turnover or snakelink bridge.
Fauna: waterfowl are quite rare on the top pound so a moorhen chick was worth snapping. There are some bloody big fish – I’ve seen ’em over a foot long. Even sparrows are beautiful and this was one of the first red admirals I’ve seen this year so you can have two pics for the price of one.
The canal itself is really worth seeing up here. Verdant is, I think, the word. The woods drooping over one side and eighteenth century bridges across make it a must visit any time of year.
Herons always do the same: as you approach they up sticks and fly a couple of hundred yards down the water. After a few repetitions they realise that you’re following and change tactics by flying back behind you.
I’ve shown the flights of locks down to Worksop so many times that I’ll not bother my (few) trusty readers again.
Pudding dyke bridge is the last on the top pound. It is named for the small stream that comes down from Thorpe Salvin and continues on from the weir to Lindrick Dale where it joins Anstone Stones Brook to form the River Ryton.
Flora: a fungus (is it flora?) and a couple of pimpernel flowers.
Fauna: Unidentified caterpillar; unidentified small bird up a tree and the tufted female and her two remaining chicks.
Odds: Bertie Basset in a canalside garden.