Up tails all!

All along the backwater,
Through the rushes tall,
Ducks are a-dabbling,
Up tails all!

Kenneth Grahame: The Wind in the Willows

These are not the best pictures of shelducks that you’ll ever see, but there’s a limit to what zooming can do. I’ll turn to Wikimedia Commons to help me out.

Common Shelduck: Wikimedia Commons, I CBurnett

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Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

35 thoughts on “Up tails all!”

  1. Up-tail ducks always make me smile. I’m afraid the Wind in the Willows was a book I detested. I have no idea why, maybe I just couldn’t accept animals talking. But I did believe in fairies. Do I detect from Jo’s comment that the bairn has arrived?

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    1. Yes. A girl, Anaïs, yesterday afternoon. All well and only 4 days late. And in due course, she will read Wind in The Willows and jolly well love it, as I did. I make an exception for talking animals when it’s that book, or Winnie the Pooh.


  2. I’m so glad you included your images this week. What a beautiful duck and poem. If you share, you are a winner! You know we don’t’ judge the quality here and not all photos have to be great! Remember my Flamingo from months ago. Terrible but it was a life bird so I shared! Glad to see you back! 🙂

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  3. I also remember that poem well and grew up with Wind in the Willows. I never thought about liking it or not liking it – it was just there – part of my childhood.
    Congrats on the granddaughter – I so hope it will be possible for you to meet her before too long …

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