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Issue No. 39 [Back Issues]
5th April 2005

This Week - [Vikram Solanki - Record viewers] [Philip Price - Larruperz - Topical Photography] [Nature Watch - Archive]

Ross-on-Wye Nature Watch

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Above. Water Fringe, Nymphoides Peltata. Photographed on Monday, 4th April this example burst into life in my garden pond last week. This species can become invasive in swamps, lakes and slow moving rivers.

Below. Mandarin duck, Aix galericulata (at least, I think it is). Unlike the yellow swan, this is a genuine photograph I took on Sunday morning, 3rd April of what I think is a Mandarin duck (left one of the two) on the River Wye. Until Sunday, I had never spotted this variety of Duck in Ross. The photograph is not particularly good as the duck was a long way off and the weather was a little grey at the time of taking. I will look out for more and try to get a closer shot during the coming weeks.


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'General Custard' reveals his true colours . . .
     

 

A surprising number of you did not twig that my photograph of General Custard, the yellow swan published last week was a 1st April joke. Sorry to disappoint you but as you can see, I actually used a photograph of a nothing out of the ordinary, plain purple swan and airbrushed it yellow.

I am sorry that some viewers and readers of the Ross Gazette had a wasted trip to the river to try and spot him - didn't you, Dennis!

My favourite email received on the subject came from Andy Clarke and simply read, 'Birds Custard?'

Thank you to those who helped 'validate' the story to hopeful riverside bird watchers.


Archive Ross-on-Wye


Again from my Ross Gazette collection, both I would suppose to be mid to late 1970s:
Unknown musicians on the Market House apron and a 'Wolf Tools event.

If you recognize yourself or can give an exact date to either photograph, please let me know. I cannot credit the photographer(s) in this instance as I do not know who he/she/they was/were.


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