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By Hop-A-Long  
I have just been out and wished I hadn't, good grief what is the weather doing. After leaving the safety of my car I found myself being blown down the road at a rate of knots that doesn't register on any instrumentation. The reason I say knots is because the deluge of rain I found myself meant I might as well have been walking through a lake fully clothed.
Having made it to my destination I stood there along with many others who were slowly turning the floor into a small pond as the excess water that their clothes didn't wish to keep gently dripped. As I was the newest member of the queue mine were running like a tap and making enough row that attracted the full attention of everyone else.
The door and windows were rattling with the wind and the rain was battering against the glass like small stones tapping away trying anything and everything to get inside.
The question then came from the shopkeeper that nearly floored me, he looked me straight in the eye as I stood waiting at the rear of the line and said "Is it still raining outside?". I ask you, what sort of a question is that and more importantly, how on earth do you answer it without adding any sarcasm whatsoever. Luckily for me another member of the queue answered before I could even engage my brain to open my mouth, which I hasten to add the shopkeeper had obviously done in the wrong order i.e. mouth first, brain eventually. Anyway, this was probably a very good job as I stood there miserable, cold and wet with the knowledge that once I had been served I had to go back out in the weather as my answer may have been a tad harsh.
I shall not repeat what was said otherwise I will have to tick the adult box. Let's just say the other people agreed whole heartedly with the answer to the most ridiculous question in the world and the question asker went a touch red in colour.
I finally got served and the pouring water was now a mere drip as I headed for the door. Venturing outside I immediately began heading in the wrong direction as I was blown like a leaf down the road, I then had to face the wind and battle my way to the car, I was then wishing for the same rate of knots that I had been doing on the way to the shop, sadly I had to trudge slowly back.
I got to the car and was amazingly wetter than I had been when it was running off me in the shop. I decided to get home asap so I could get changed and have a warm cuppa, it was then the windows instantly decided they would steam up, as they do and take an absolute age to clear, all the time you are getting colder and more fed up.
Eventually I arrived home and turned the kettle on as I passed on the way to get changed. What a morning.

Todays upload is from Rowlands Gill. I spotted this Moorhen at the top of the rushes.
Watching it climbing and looking around I can only imagine it had been watching Ray Mears on TV and had got lost and was finding a high point that would give it a good vantage point to find its bearings.
It did surprise me when it pulled out a Nikon with a huge 600mm lens and began photographing me through the window of the hide I was in. Unfortunately this happened after I had captured this, my battery ran out and also there were no other witnesses as I was alone in the hide. You will just have to take my word for it.
It is however definitive proof that although we watch the birds, they are also watching us. They have "Humans of the World" books helping with identification.
I am going to lie down now.

I hope you like this. Thanks for looking and for any comments.

Tags: Hide Lake Pond Reeds Rushes Moorhen Wildlife and nature Rowlands gill

Voters: mrswoolybill, woolybill1, nonur and 11 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1812 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2012 11:20AM
This is different. The title fits.
Raining, blowing and dark here. And we're not far from Rowlands Gill. Stay indoors!

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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
20 Dec 2012 11:38AM
Fabulous narration, you better stay home and have a good rest. The image is great!
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 70 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2012 11:39AM
A photograph that tells the non-specialist more about the moorhen (behaviour, habitat, camouflage etc) than any close-up portrait ever could.

As a non-specialist I was amazed and gratified to learn that moorhen use Nikon gear: I thought birds were overwhelmingly Canon users Wink

Utterly filthy weather today. I have been into school twice this morning - once to invigilate an exam, the second time to return my security badge and the emergency walkie-talkie that I should have left when signing out. As I told the secretary on duty, if my head were not glued on to my neck I would really be in trouble!
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
20 Dec 2012 12:27PM
There's something really specially appealing about this image and its title! Your intro is in a class all its own. Grin Thank you for brightening a horribly wet and grey day here too. Mind you, don't think it's quite as bad as your weather by the sound of it! Probably saving it for when I venture out the door! Always knew birds were a dran sight more intelligent than most mere humans believed!

AnnChown Plus
8 202 1 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2012 12:55PM
SmileSmileSmile Shame you missed the image of the year!
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
20 Dec 2012 1:06PM
What a wonderful story, Andy, and the image isn't bad, either GrinGrinGrin Carol
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
20 Dec 2012 1:25PM
Now I've stopped chuckling I can vote on the image, Merry Christmas, Andy.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2012 1:47PM
I can imagine the scenario quite clearly Andy, brilliantly narrated.

As for the Moorhen in the field well he simply one of our ornithological observers.

Regards Nathan Grin
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
20 Dec 2012 7:35PM
Very different and I love it - reminds me of a puzzle where you have to find the one thing that is different. Maybe you should sell this to a puzzle company??

Just got an email from a friend in Lincoln and he says they are washing away. Hope it lets up soon for you all.

Enjoy your holidays Andy.

jaktis 13 84 Sweden
20 Dec 2012 8:33PM
Well spotted

Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
18 Jan 2013 11:40PM
A very different and unusual nature shot Andy and it is for that reason that I like it very much. It's almost like a natural history version of where's wally!Wink

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