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12 ducklings born at Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe #ndevon

It’s been a glorious spring this year, but I don’t think anything provides as big a lift as the arrival of ducklings.

This morning, in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe in North Devon, I heard ducks squabbling down in the East Wilder Brook as it passes under a small bridge. I looked over the fence and saw a mother duck and her fleet of ducklings. Unfortunately, there were three male ducks trying to mate with her, explaining the noise as she fought them off.

Ducklings at Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon in April 2011

Some blurred photos, taken with zoom lens while hanging over a fence with two spaniels on leads . . .

Ducklings at Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon in April 2011

One of the park-keepers said they were born on Sunday. I counted 12. Before I could take any more photos, they swam under the bridge.

Meanwhile, back on the duck pond, this pair were doing some serious courting and a bit more when they weren’t being interrupted by other jealous suitors . . .

Ducks at Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon in April 2011

Expect more ducklings!

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Beautiful start to a Monday morning

I couldn’t have asked for a lovelier February morning.

At Bicclescombe Park Ilfracombe, North Devon, the sun seemed to want to play tennis . . .

Bicclescombe Park Ilfracombe, North Devon

. . . while a sleepy pigeon blinked in the bright morning light.

Pigeon at Bicclescombe Park Ilfracombe, North Devon

The trees are blushing with blossom . . .

Blossom on trees at Bicclescombe Park Ilfracombe, North Devon

. . . and the Wilder Brook in full flow.

Waterfall at Bicclescombe Park Ilfracombe, North Devon

In the distance, sheep are grazing on the Torrs . . .

View of sheep grazing on the Torrs from Bicclescombe Park Ilfracombe, North Devon

. . . while the sun lit up the Round House on the Cairn.

View of the Round House from Bicclescombe Park Ilfracombe, North Devon

What a great way to start the week!

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A fluid force . . .

The recent rains have fuelled the streams and rivers in North Devon. Travelling from Ilfracombe to Barnstaple this past week has involved driving through flooded roads and lanes, whichever route was chosen.

In Bicclescombe Park, the East Wilder Brook is flowing fast and I was reminded of some video footage I took in July 2009. I’ve just looked it out and uploaded it.

The park is always an interesting place at any time of year. Most of the time the brook, the millstream it feeds and the duck pond and boating lake are peaceful and still, but when the torrents rush down from the hills to the sea, the turbulence is impressive.

It is easy to see why the mill, now tea rooms, was built here and I wonder why we no longer use this source of energy.

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Deceptively serene water

Thinking of the residents of Cockermouth in Cumbria and hoping that they can return to normal life as soon as possible after the floods, it struck me how powerful water is.

Even the East Wilder Brook that runs through Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe is swollen.

It changes from still pool to torrent with no warning . . .

. . . and although not very deep has the power to drag along anything in its way.

It commands my respect.

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