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The Shovellers Tale

By accipiter  
Thanks for the CC's on my last upload. Always much appreciated.
I managed to spend most of a very pleasant day at Greylake and with the warmer weather the ducks are beginning to think about Spring.
The sequence of pictures here is very much anthropomorphized but I had a great deal of fun watching the Shovellers antics so this little story is told by the drake -

'When I first get up in the morning I enjoy a good bath, rolling over onto my back and ducking (haha) my head under water and splashing and getting good and wet. (V1)
Then I have a good shake to waken up and get the water off and, if I am honest, show off a little! (V2)
The next thing is to warm up by doing a few running takeoffs (V3) followed by some jump jet takeoffs (V4) which are sometimes assisted by one or two sneaky attacks from behind! (V5)
Once I have warmed up I usually join up with a few friends to do some circuits with steep turns and formation flying over the surrounding countryside (V6)
Landing in formation is also an important part of the mornings flying and we try to be as smooth and elegant as possible. (V7)
By the time I get home my old lady is usually awake and having a good scratch (V8) and then she spends most of the morning smartening up, although I think she looks quite cute already. (V9)
Hope you like them. A

Tags: Wildlife and nature Shovellers Greylake somerset levels

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pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 7:06AM
A great set Arthur, like them all, but i vote for V1/V8.. Peter

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3 Mar 2012 7:06AM
Fantastic set of inflight and action shots.

CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
3 Mar 2012 7:23AM
A wonderful set, Arthur, very well captured. Carol
nikshot 8 9 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 7:44AM
Brilliant set Arthur,well taken and such an entertaining story.

Jocelia 6 2 1 Australia
3 Mar 2012 8:19AM
Just love all your posting and story absolutely brilliant, it is hard
to choose which one as they are all good. You make photography worth while….

User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 8:21AM
Great action captures.

James_C 8 36 56 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 8:29AM
A super series and I just love your write up. Brilliant.

SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 8:37AM
A super collection of images with V7 my favourite.
moiral 7 12 Scotland
3 Mar 2012 8:43AM
Wonderful set of shots with a lovely entertaining little commentary to accompany them. Moira
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
3 Mar 2012 8:44AM
Very Chaucerian, excellent set and story telling. v1 my favourite Arthur.

franken Plus
15 4.3k 4 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 9:04AM
Impressive set here!

EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
3 Mar 2012 9:09AM
Your intro really raised a smile and the set is just delightful. Love the colours and action in V1 especially but what a super sequence you made of them.

A lovely set. (They usually oblige at Greylake Smile)
susanbarton 9 11 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 9:35AM
A wonderful set of shots beautiful colours and detail
Maiwand 10 3 73 England
3 Mar 2012 9:53AM
Excellent series Arthur. Shovellers are great birds and you have them spot on here. V7 showing coming down to the water is my vote.
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 118 Scotland
3 Mar 2012 10:35AM
Great set of all action shots, Arthur, with your V 1 so well timed and posibly my favourite but I love V 7 with, the trio with their landing gear ready for splash down.
PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 11:04AM
Wonderful set!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
3 Mar 2012 1:02PM
This is a wonderful story--- I especially like v7 for its uncomplicated clarity and also the antics of the Mrs. Enjoyed!
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
3 Mar 2012 2:03PM
Love your story, it goes so well with your images. I believe it all. Great images, love them all............Sandy
gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
3 Mar 2012 4:48PM
A fantastic set of images and the accompanying write up is brilliant. - gary
Alvar 10 23 2 France
3 Mar 2012 6:32PM
A lovely set and great narrative.
goso 11 2 1 Australia
3 Mar 2012 7:21PM
Fine pics, and equally fine narrative Arthur ...Bill
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 7:45PM
great set great storyline - I remember a similar experience last year watching the young of the tufted duck - they were having fun and I was fully entertained
LexEquine 11 19 United States
3 Mar 2012 8:06PM
'Superlative {A++++}, well togged, & beautiful set of Waterfowl Images' ~ Peter Smile
helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 9:41PM
Really difficult to choose favourites here because they are a fantastic set of shots.
v5 and v6 really stand out for me
3 Mar 2012 10:05PM
A wonderful set and a great write up..Lin
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2012 7:26AM
a super story-telling set, of which v6 is my favourite. Good work once more!
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
8 Mar 2012 9:01PM
excellent series, I love no 1 Smile
12 Mar 2012 8:43AM
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1952 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2012 12:26AM
Some really good images, with a hilarious narrative that brings them all to life, cleverly put together.
xwang 8 56 8
31 Mar 2012 10:16AM
GrinExcellentlly captured images.. and love the story told by 'duck'..Grin. You know, everybody is duck in Nottinghamshire area.. Grin

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