Visit London Blog » ducks http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 London Photo of the Week: Buckingham Palace from St James’s Park http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/04/london-photo-of-the-week-buckingham-palace-from-st-jamess-park/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/04/london-photo-of-the-week-buckingham-palace-from-st-jamess-park/#comments Sun, 22 Apr 2012 08:00:22 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=26270

asanova.svetlana shared this tranquil scene of ducks pottering about in St James’s Park in front of Buckingham Palace.

If you’re planning to visit London this summer and enjoy all the fun from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to the London 2012 games, don’t forget to add your photos to the Visit London Flickr group.

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Duck Heaven at WWT London Wetland Centre http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/02/duck-heaven-at-wwt-london-wetland-centre/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/02/duck-heaven-at-wwt-london-wetland-centre/#comments Thu, 18 Feb 2010 10:44:58 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=6540 Birds on water Black swan Crane Swan Ducks Fish on bikes

Last weekend, I headed to bird-spotter’s paradise the London Wetland Centre in Barnes.

Although not ornithologically-inclined myself, I do like ducks, so seeing numerous species including the White-faced Whistling duck, Indian Running ducks and mallards was a bit of a treat!

The 42-hectare site features ponds, rivers and reed beds, making it a perfect home not just for birds, but bats, insects, water voles and other wildlife too.

You can wander the paths in just a few hours and keen bird-spotters can set up camp in one of six hides located around the site. Admittedly, the centre looked distinctly brown and muddy at this time of year, but our tour guide assured us that it becomes much more colourful by spring.

My highlights included:

  • A pair of bullying Black Swans who chased any other birds off their patch of water
  • The strange and random sculptures scattered around the site, including a seal carcass and a bird sculpture made out of shopping trolleys
  • Ducks, ducks and more ducks!

The WWT London Wetland Centre also runs regular events for kids – look out for pond dipping and Easter egg hunts this Easter.

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