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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Egyptian goose ... in Chiswick


Isn't it a beauty?

We were out for a walk on Sunday when it sailed by on the Serpentine in the grounds of Chiswick House. My first reaction was to admire the patchwork duck. A quick Google-around later, however, persuaded me that my patchwork duck was in fact an Egyptian Goose.

This native of the Nile Valley was once considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, by whom they were first domesticated. And like all nicely brought up ducks, they tend to pair with a mate for life.

It seemed strange that it should look so very much at home on a frosty morning in a London park. But then London's full of folk and fowl who come from strange and exotic places; that's a big part of its charm.

All the best,

Bonny x

As shared on Texture Tuesday



9 comments:

  1. Oh yes love London and all it's quirks, I'm visiting at the beginning of March for a few days ...

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    1. If you've got a free half hour to spare, give me a call and maybe we can get together for a coffee. Hope you have a great time. All the best, Bonny

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  2. What a gorgeous goose and I love the reflection in the water...

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. All the best, Bonny

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  3. A beauty indeed, Bonny! :)
    Greetings from sunny Italy

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    1. Thank you, Kia. Hope you get to enjoy the sunshine. All the best, Bonny

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  4. Bonny, It's been a little while since I stopped by for a visit (always due to the other demands of life), but I'm so glad for my visit today. You have an exceptional talent for story telling. I leave your blog feeling better about myself - you enrich my mind, lift my spirit, and your kindness is felt even online. I've never seen an Egyptian goose and couldn't resist calling my husband to the computer so he could see, too! London Park looks like a magical place! Your photo belongs in a nature magazine (love the ripples of the water and the colors of the goose). Greetings from Virgina, Donna

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    1. Thank you for your very kind words, Donna. I'm a huge fan of your fabulous work over at http://picmeupphotos.blogspot.co.uk/, and would enthusiastically recommend your website to everyone who'd listen. All the best and thanks for stopping by, Bonnty

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