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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Wildlife adventures in the Hollows

Hope you are all having the sort of lovely sunny weather that we're enjoying at the moment. I'm loving my walks in the sunshine.

We went down to Brook Hollows in Rolleston the other day. There were lots of ducks as usual - but I don't bother them, I'm too busy sniffing all the great smells.

The Lady Of The House was straining to get a picture of this lovely heron who was right over the other side of the water. She had her phoney-camera thing on bigify but this was the best she could manage.


While she was distracted with that, and I was busy sniffing, I heard a hissing noise and looked round.

Ooo-err! This swan had swum at top-speed right across the water to make sure we weren't going anywhere near his partner's nest. We weren't, because it was a long way across the water (like the heron) and we know they like to be left alone - but we didn't stay around to explain to him in case he came out of the water at us. He sounded very angry.

When we came out of the woods and on to the pavement, a couple of people out with their grandchildren asked the LOTH if we had seen a big black creature in the Hollows. They said they had seen it and it looked far too big to be a cat and far too slinky in its movements to be a loose dog. The man said he thought it might have been a panther (Ooo-err again!). But we think he was joking.

Even if it was a panther, I think Mr Swan might have been a match for him.

20 comments:

Cooper and Lola said...

Wow what a day. The swan was beautiful thanks for sharing the pics

Anna the GSD said...

Man, those swans don't play!! And a panther?!? How scary! Better keep your eyes out!

Benny and Lily said...

Brooks Hollow is a beautiful place. Thanks for taking us on your wildlife adventure.
Benny & Lily

Sue said...

Lovely photos.

Glad you didn't meet the large moggy:)

Oskar said...

Isn't funny how mean those pretty swans are?

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

scotsmad said...

YOU IGNORED THE DUCKS???!!!! They are great fun to chase. Don't think I'd mess with that swan either.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

The Teacher's Pets said...

I am with Scotsmad when you "said" that you ignored the ducks! You must be the most obedient, ladylike dog in the world to walk by them without a bark or a intimidating stare!
I love reading about your adventures in your beautiful country! Pretty pictures! What a glorious place to visit!

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Winnie, you have such beautiful photos!! It sounds like you had lots of fun! Let's hope the panther kept on going down the road the other way!! Lots of love, Holly and mom

Amber DaWeenie said...

What a day that was. Gotta watch out for those bird pawrents. Dey can be MEAN!!!!!

houndstooth said...

I've never met a swan before, but I hear they are not to be messed with! I wish we were having your weather, but it's just rain on top of more rain here this week. I read somewhere that they believe there are panthers in England, probably because people let some go that used to be pets. I don't know if it's true, but be careful, Winnie!

Bunny

Amber-Mae said...

OOOO we got to see swans this weekend too! They are such furry cool mystical creatures.

Roo said...

Cool walk in the hollows! Good thing you stayed away from Mr. Angry Swan! He looks like a real tough bird!

Waggin at ya,
Roo

Bobby said...

That looks like a great walk Winnie, I think its a good job you did not get near the swan, one bash of thier wing would break your leg.
Its the beast of Bodmin Moor moved up your way.
Licks Bobby

Two Greyhound Town said...

You live in such a pretty place Winnie! Thank you for sharing your walk with us.

Schnauzer Days said...

What a lovely walk, we're not too keen on swans - what anoise they make if you try and sniff them!! Dexter & Louis x

Peggy Frezon said...

Swans are pretty but they can be pretty intimidating too. You sure had a fun visit to the lake.

mayziegal said...

Yeesh! That's a lotta WILD life you got running around in the Hollows! I'm glad you got outta there without getting attacked by a panther or a swan. ESPECIALLY a swan! Whew!

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

Lavi said...

Beautiful photos! That is a very nice place to get a breath of fresh air. I'd be scared of a swan too, their long necks and sharp beaks are nothing to be joking about.

Pup Fan said...

Really great photo of that swan!

ForPetsSake said...

OOhhh!! The Creature of Brook Hollows - could be a spooky story!