Occasionally we get the odd Greylag Goose paying a visit to Doctors Pond and this chap was a fine specimen, strutting his stuff amongst the squabbling ducks and Canada Geese. Sad to report that we are down to 4 ducklings now from the original 7.


A very rude woman sat in a convertible car started shouting at me as I stopped to take this photograph…she was, apparently, watching a chap drag in a fish from the pond…something that happens about 40 times a day during the fishing season, What the silly woman didn’t realise was that, if she simple asked politely I would happily have backed away…strangely haranguing me from her car didn’t achieve the result she wanted. They moved the car along to continue their surveillance of the “fisherman” uninterpreted  by my use of the public footpath!

I ended up with this picture of the Easter decorations that had been added to the barrier 😉


More cuteness from around Doctor’s Pond this morning…plenty more pictures after the break…

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This was one frustrated goose!


It was all happening down at Doctors Pond this evening…with the first batch of ducklings having arrived not long ago. Whilst it took a while I can report that this youngster worked out how to get out of the pond and rejoin mother…after a few attempts of attempting to leap out of the pond the duckling finally noticed the ramp leading out of the water next to him!

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I popped out to Doctors Pond this evening just as the sun was setting and photographed a small selection of the waterfowl that lives there.

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I think this may well be a first for me – both sunrise and sunset from the same day.

Great Dunmow’s Doctors Pond this morning was cold and frost – much of the pond was frozen over…to such an extent that the schoolboy with stick couldn’t break the ice…This evening’s sunset was pretty spectacular – and I wasn’t the only person out there photographing it.

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Well that was all a disappointment…Snow, Snow, Snow, ran the headlines, weather warnings galore…and we go about a mm of snow – admittedly, there would have been much more if the rain that preceded the snow by about 3 hours had arrived later…then we would probably have had something to talk about!

When I got out of bed an hour before dawn I was somewhat underwhelmed when I looked out the window, still, I got up and went for my normal walk around Dunmow. I could see the cloud moving in and picked up the pace to make sure I reached Doctors Pond bang on sunrise and I was (for once) rewarded with a cracker. Hope you enjoy!

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Let’s face it, shooting a sunset at Doctors Pond is rather like shooting ducks in a barrel…even with a new manual focus lens I’ve hired which I’m not convinced I’m focusing quite right yet.


Wandered onto Doctors Pond today to photograph some of the birds gathered there, The seagulls were in fine voice swooping down onto the water…not sure what they were trying to catch, or if it was just practice…but they caught nothing while I was there.