Last week of October

Done very little:

Friday 25 October 2013

The grebes are still plodding around the pond. I’m sure that the constant “chweep; chweep; …”* of the youngsters would be enough to drive a human parent mad.Grebe chick speeding to parent


Most amusing is to see the chicks speeding towards a newly surfaced adult who hopefully has a fish. Their double footed swimming action leaves a considerable wake.
*(Translates as: “gimme fish; gimme fish; …”)

Up the canal towards Sandy Lane bridge there’s a weir. Not obvious to the casual walker when the vegetation is high, there’s a paddle raising gear to the side of the towpath. I don’t know what this controls …Paddle lifting gear at Sandy Lane Weir


… but it must be connected with the culvert that joins the bottom of the weir.DSC_3837culvert


As the mechanism is apparently rusted shut any guesses must be just that – guesses. My own opinion is that it’s to drain the Stret lock to Morse lock pound – for maintaining the bridge?

A short while ago there was a fire which lasted a week and more in the “reclamation centre” (aka “tip”) just west of Sandy Lane. Coincidentally fish died in The Canch* about a mile away t’other side of town.


watertocanchThis map shows how water from the fire could run down to the dike running from the railway to the R. Ryton and hence down to The Canch. I don’t know if the paddle and culvert are connected with the dike but it must pass under the canal at almost exactly that point. I’ll possibly try to look up towards the head of the dike sometime in the future. I suppose it’s the kind of thing every local lad and lass knows about but I’m an offcumden.

*Presumed derivation (?):
CANCH or CAUNCH (N.): That part of the roof of an underground roadway, which has to be taken down, or of the floor to be broken up, in order to equalize the gradient of such roadway;
A sloping slice removed from the roof or floor of a mine roadway to adjust the gradient between adjacent workings.
(Don’t really see how this matches, but it’s all I can find on t’net and this was a major mining area.)

DSC_3894CrowUnlike some, I find the crow family quite fascinating. They’re such large birds to be so common.

Cloudy skies always fascinate me. There’s always such a variety of shapes and as a backdrop to trees they can’t be beaten.

DSC_3900DragonflyOne of my final dragonfly pictures of the year, this red common darter was on the towpath near the winding hole.

DSC_3918LadybirdHarlequin ladybird on a post which was …

DSC_3922Ladybird… accompanied by a larva when I returned

DSC_3925Grass Just a grass flowerhead beside the towpath

DSC_3934GrebeOne of the juvenile grebes

DSC_3956KesA rather distant Kestrel.


Pond & canal is all:
DSC_4049FlockNot sure if these were crows or starlings.

DSC_4058CanalMy favourite canal view around Worksop. St. John’s church spire reflected in the water with fifty shades of green to the side.

DSC_4063SunriseSun rising over the pond.

DSC_4086BirdA Dunnock: showing how a bit of ‘shopping can bring out some detail.


DSC_4113GrebeGrebe parent reflected in the calm water.

DSC_4130Grebe Juvenile grebe scurrying to see if parent has brought food. Interesting the way they use both feet together, I think ducks generally alternate feet.

DSC_4135GrebeGullYoung grebe near a gull. Gulls will dive at surfacing grebes to try to snaffle any fish they have.

DSC_4147MallardThis mallard was having a bath for about ten minutes.

DSC_4169BirdsaerialTelevision aerial a bit overloaded.


DSC_4181GrebeLooking a bit ragged, having a flap after a dive. There’s a fish in the beak that you can barely see.

DSC_4189GrebeFishHere’s the fish …

DSC_4196GrebeFish … and here’s junior coming for dinner.

DSC_4224MoonThought this was quite good for a hand held daytime snap.

DSC_4241RipplesI’ve taken pictures of ripples loads of times. Must be how they make bathroom window glass.

Walked down to The Canch, there’s a small rose garden; although it’s not really as good as it was, there’s still a few blooms


DSC_4904HawthornDunno why I took this but I like it.
DSC_4934CanalSeen this view before?
DSC_5002TuftiesTufted ducks have returned for the winter.
DSC_5009HeronI almost stood on this heron as I rounded a bramble bush.


Nothing exciting:

A red admiral sunning itself on graffiti for a final time before finding somewhere to hibernate for the winter:DSC_5070RedAdmiralDSC_5094RedAdmiral

DSC_5107ShaggyInkCapThere’s a small patch of shaggy ink cap fungi just west of Morse lock. They slowly dissolve away as the black inky spores develop.

DSC_5260LichenLichen patches on canalside stones.

Kestrel …
DSC_5217Kes … passing by …

DSC_5328Kes … almost overhead …

DSC_5365WindHover … and hovering distantly.

DSC_5440KesMag Magpies will mob kestrels …

DSC_5444MagpieKes … given half a chance.


Birds, birds, birds …
DSC_5574Swans Pair o’ swans

DSC_5627SwanOne of the swans curious about possible food source – me.

DSC_5609GimmeParent and child.

DSC_5679RobinHiding in a thorn bush,

DSC_5715Robinand tweeting territorially.

DSC_5721CrowStrange beak!

DSC_5756RGBRGB colours all used.

DSC_5809Ducks Flypast

DSC_5849HeronHeron on the mallards’ feeding place.

DSC_5873HeronAnd closer.

DSC_5962GrebeJuvenile grebe scooting up the lake.

Friday 31st October

DSC_5987RobinCaptioned for twitter as:
Oy! You lookin’ at my bird?

DSC_5996RobinHere’s looking at you!

DSC_6006birdDistant bird as photographed …DSC_6006YelllowBird


… and after a bit of ‘shopping. I’m told (twitter) it’s a green finch.

DSC_6016ChaffHad this as a chaffinch but twitter tells me it’s a bullfinch: a new bird to me.

DSC_6081DucksAnother pair of mallards doing a flypast.

DSC_6094CowParsleyQuite architectural against the sky: cow parsley seed head.

DSC_6113TrackMy track in the morning dew

DSC_6116NemoReally spiky hawthorn twig. Captioned as “nemo me impune lacessit”.

DSC_6125BirdSilhouetted bird – what bird I’m not sure.

DSC_6129TreeGraceful tree against a stormy sky.

DSC_6300MallardTouching down.

Trying videos:

That’s a four second quickie.

And a five seconds’ worth of leaves in the wind.

I’ll get the hang of videoing with the Nikon eventually.
Anyhow. That’s October done.
November’s started wet so far. – see you later!

8 thoughts on “Last week of October

    • What you do is: go out and point the camera and go click click, click ….

      Get home and put ’em on the computer then throw 97% of ’em away. With a bit of ‘shopping, about 20% of what’s left will be OK and, if lucky, 1% will be excellent.

      ‘s easy!



    • Don’t like the sound of that humidity!

      Thought you’d like that one when I put it in.

      Hey, it occurs to me, is the moon t’other side up in Oz? Does it look strange? Or is it the same as it is here?


      • I think it does look different, but it’s been so long now since I’ve seen the moon looking normal I am used to it. The stars definitely looked weird when I first came here. I would stand and look at the sky and think “Nope. All wrong.” There’s nothing like standing under a different sky to make you realise how far you are from home. You can still see Orion though, the only constellation I can actually recognise, though in a different position.


      • I think that, after the plough, Orion was one of the first constellations I recall. Walking home from “youth club” down Bunting Nook* in the dark looking at the sky with mates. (That’s in the 50s/Early 60s)
        *That’s a real name of a real road and yes, my name is Bunting.



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