Gardening Magazine

Fleet Pond

By Mwillis
Having been suffering from a severe cold for days on end, I had begun to develop "cabin fever" and felt a strong urge to get out of the house for a while. Since it was a bright cold day I felt that a trip to nearby Fleet Pond was in order. This small lake is a well-known haven for wildlife of all sorts, so I reckoned I ought to be able to get a few decent photos...
Fleet Pond is more than just a pond. It's a mega-pond; quite a large expanse of water.
Fleet Pond
The pond was covered with a thin sheet of ice, making it look as if the water-birds were walking on water.
Fleet Pond
What the wildlife likes most is the reeds.

Fleet Pond

The green thing in the background is the new two-storey car-park at the railway station.


Around the pond there are big reed-beds.
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The reeds are 6 - 8 feet tall, providing plenty of cover for all the little birds and animals that love to inhabit them.
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Lots of Swans live on the pond.
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Here's a pair of Swans "necking"!
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This one probably thinks it's a Swan, but of course it isn't - it's some sort of Duck.
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This one is easier to identify - a female Mallard duck, glowing in the sunshine.
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Here is a male Mallard, along with a couple of Canada Geese.
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And this is a couple of Canada Geese with another Mallard. The Goose in the center of the shot is nicely illuminated by a fortuitous ray of sunshine, making it the unmistakeable focus of the photo.
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This next shot was taken at a range that was really beyond the capability of my 14 - 42 Standard lens, but I think it is good enough to include anyway. It shows a Grey Heron.
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Apart from the water-birds, I met loads of Robins. My photos here are of three different birds. The first one posed very obligingly on a footpath marker-post.
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This one perched on a fence looks really chubby - almost spherical.
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I think this would count as a "difficult shot" by any measure. This Robin was NOT going to sit in an easy-to-photograph position, but I got him anyway! I rather like the effect of the complex array of boughs and branches.
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Apart from birds, I did see some other stuff, like this Marsh Marigold, flowering despite the icy conditions.
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And this fungus growing on a tree-stump.
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Even an old brick culvert can be photogenic, you know. I love the light and shade effect, and the warmth of the mellow brickwork.
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I was talking to another photographer at the pond, and she said to me "What did you come to photograph?". I replied "Whatever looks interesting!" If you enjoyed this post you might be interested in THIS older one - from 2011 - too.

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