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Dodder diary 23 October 2009

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Nice river, shame about the rubbish

The swirling water brings with it the rubbish from upstream. Not quite as bad as it used to be when there were plastic bags, still dampens down the pleasure of the beautiful river bank.

The ducks are beginning to think about the next generation and the females are doing their best to out-swim the males as they bounce down through the waves of the still agitated river. Every now and then they call off the chase and nestle in among the foliage and reeds at the edge.

One of the herons took to a much higher perch than usual in the trees, while the other one got right down to the edge of the rough water to catch the next meal.

Sun glinting through the leaves at the weir beside the footbridge on Lower Dodder Road.

Sun glinting through the leaves at the weir beside the footbridge on Lower Dodder Road.

Rubbish spoils the pure pleasure at the weir up at Rathfarnham Bridge.

Rubbish spoils the pure pleasure at the weir up at Rathfarnham Bridge.

This is the path that yesterday was covered in water.

This is the path that yesterday was covered in water.

Not so many people in the park today.

Not so many people in the park today.

So that's where the idea from three ducks flying up a wall came from - they do tend to roam in threes.

So that's where the idea for three ducks flying up a wall came from...

A foil bag takes hold of a branch.

A foil bag takes hold of a branch.

Autumn colours spread at our feet.

Autumn colours spread at our feet.

Leaf still damp from the rain.

Leaf still damp from the rain.

The heron perching higher up than usual;

The heron perching higher up than usual;

While the other heron gets right down to the water's edge.

While the other heron gets right down to the water's edge.

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Written by SOKNH

October 23, 2009 at 19:33

Posted in Dodder Diary

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  1. 5 days, no dodder diary. Much missed

    Mum

    October 28, 2009 at 22:15


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