Monday, August 9, 2010

New additions

I was seduced by the duck sellers at the car-boot sale in Carrick yesterday, and came home with two Khaki Campbells, quacking in the boot of the car in their box.
Okay well, it was no hard sell - as soon as I looked at those ducks I wanted to bring some home...
Given how much they obviously adore water, a temporary pond is being set up in an old bath tub that was lying around. Meantime, they have been splashing in a box.
Velma Volente is obviously the ring-leader, but Gilda is close behind...

I see why people go bonkers about ducks - they are such lovely creatures - the way they waddle about, shaking their tails. And the ridiculous quacking. I thought chickens were amusing but they are nothing in comparison with the duck antics...

Other beautiful sights recently include this crane fly (daddy long legs)...

...lots of amber snails, with their spiral shells...

...Hedge Parsley...

...a bumble bee, sleeping in the bindweed...

...and a wasps nest in the bushes. Its about 10" across.

9 comments:

ColorSlut said...

They are so fantastic. Any day this week my baby peeps are showing up! Can't wait.

Christine Raab-Heine said...

I went over to the car boot sale and saw the ducks there. I got tempted myself to get some, and understand well how excited you were to get them. Your pictures show how much you like them. Happy birds!

Irmhild said...

ah... khaki campbells! we have two of them, too! 4th year now! we used to get as many as 16 eggs a week in the first year of them laying! we're down to about 6 now. they are so lovely to have around though, waddling around all day long like two elderly ladies going for a stroll...

Irmhild said...

PS love the hedge parsley photo! and meant to ask, what age are you ducks? and meant to say, our two are very distinct characters, too, D is bold and brave, M is shy and quiet, always one step behind...

Luscious said...

go ducks! they look like fun. the others are really lovely photos, as always.

Snag Breac said...

Irmhild - Thanks. They were 10 weeks when I got them, now 15, should be laying any time soon I hope...

They are totally adorable alright!

Irmhild said...

you'll know when they get ready to lay... if they are anything like ours they'll start getting frisky!!

Ciara said...

Hi!
Thanks so much for you're lovely words over on Milkmoon!
Fantastic photos. I'll definitely be back to visit again.
Ciara

Unkie Dave said...

something something ducks to water something something.

As usual, simply stunning insect/flower photos, just amazing!