The ducks on Southampton Common no longer hate me

The day began with the early morning rays playing on the mist on the Ornamental Pond, although that was pretty much all that would be seen on the sun for a few hours.

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By the time I reached the Cemetery Lake it was cloudy, and the birds were busy doing their morning ablutions. Not wanting to interrupt them, I continued on my pilgrimage to the Old Cemetery

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After my morning devotions, kneeling at the feet of the gods of the promise of spring, I returned to the Cemetery Lake to see how my relationship with the ducks was developing: last week they definitely hated me.

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This week though I feel that perhapsI had done them a disservice. Instead of glaring at me the tufted ducks were looking smug, as if they knew something I didn’t. Specifically, that this can be one of the coldest corners of the Common, but you can’t get your hot drink out because the mass of pigeons that hang around waiting to be fed may make an unwelcome contribution to it. One of the pochards almost smiled at me, and although they stayed well out of decent photography range the shoveler ducks deigned to glance in my direction. The coots seemed in rather bad humour, but this was not directed specifically at me and the moorhens, who are usually rather timid and fretful, seemed calmer than usual.

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So, although the welcome I received was a little lukewarm, I felt that things were progressing very well for me at the Cemetery Lake. I am beginning to have an unreasonable hope that one of the shoveler ducks might pop over for a proper photo call next week.

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