Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England


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Happy Hour

A very happy hour, spent with a flask of tea watching the birds at Slapton Ley

1 bird

A heron, oblivious to the comings and goings of he village of Torr Cross

1 duck

A relaxed duck

2 more

A pair of gulls; Slapton Ley is a narrow stretch of fresh water separated from the sea by a shingle bank (and the A379), it’s the largest fresh water lake in the south west of England.

3 birds

The gulls were gorgeous, but it was a clutch of 7 cygnets that stole the show

4 cygnets

Walking is just not their thing

2 cygnets

but in every other sense they were elegant, even if they hadn’t yet fledged into their white plumage

4 necks

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