Thursday, November 29, 2012

Rural Relaxation: On the Common

Two moorhens in the foreground, and in the distance several shoveler ducks. On an earlier visit there was a heron on the bank by the reed bed, under the trees. But can you guess which Common I was on last Friday?

OK - I am cheating - it is not in Hertfordshire - it is on Clapham Common. I have been visiting the Common for years and when I first visited this was a dirty muddy pond which looked very neglected. However the council have transformed it to make it much more attractive for wild life.  A reed bed has been established in the gap between the island and the concrete edged path on the right, with additional planting along half the other edges, with gaps for fishing. It is also remarkably clear of litter. It is hard to believe that it is in a London Park.
Another part of Mount Pond, Clapham Common
with swans, coots, moorhens and black-headed gulls
I started photographing Clapham Common in 2009 and some of my photographs (some taken before restoration work on Mount Pond started) can be seen on Geograph.

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