Waddon Ponds, Croydon






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        Photographs (May 2012)
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        Waddon Ponds is a weird one. Just yards off the hustle and bustle of the Purley Way with its superstores and the unrelenting humdrum of the traffic it attracts, it seems a million miles away. It is a quite little oasis just behind the John Lewis Superstore. It is like a secret garden in the middle of a concrete jungle. Indeed, even many locals don't even know it's there.

        May seems to be a good time to go the Ponds with the breeding season of the birds. Found in every park across the country are the canada geese, the coots and the mallards they are fascinating nonetheless. I don't know much about their habits but they seem very territorial with the male canada geese warning away anything that goes near their beloved females who spend all their time sitting on their nests and making sure the eggs are kept warm; and the female coots on nests in the middle of the ponds with the male companion constanly passing twigs and food to her. Magical to watch.

        In my ignorance I thought all birds were the same but of course they're not - they're all individuals with their own quirks of character.

        The goslings of the Canada Geese fighting for positions to sleep under their mothers is always a joy to behold and are the first photos. The last one gets there in the end and you can see his/her struggle from start to finish.

        June 2012: a couple of Egyptian Geese were spotted in Waddon Ponds. Some photos here.

        Also in June 2012 added some photos of the Aylesbury Duck who seems to be pretty popular in the park with one and all. Photos just below. The Park Ranger tells an interesting story about her. She came from Norwood Lakes a couple of years ago and a male mallard she refused attacks her on a daily basis. She has a male mallard partner who follows her everywhere and is utterly devoted and tries his best to keep the other mallard off her but sometimes the jealous alard brings his mate and both attack her. According to the Park Ranger he intends to kill her but her faithful partner will do everything he can to protect her even though he's only half the size of her. To the mallards she must be the Brigitte Bardot of the duck world!

        I would love to take photos of other places and of course mainting this page costs money so if you enjoy what you see then I would be grateful if you could make a donation by using the button below. Any amount would be appreciated.

        Best, Paul X

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        Waddon Ponds (May 2012)
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        waddon ponds with the canadian geese and their goslings



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        I would love to take photos of other places and of course mainting this page costs money so if you enjoy what you see then I would be grateful if you could make a donation by using the button below. Any amount would be appreciated.

        Best, Paul X

        To make a donation offline please e-mail here and I will e-mail you with methods of payment.


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