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An Early Morning Visitor….Come back later, around midday, okay?

My camera-shy visitor

Over the past few months we’ve had a regular visitor to our back garden, or to be more precise, to our swimming pool.

We enjoy the pool on a hot day too!

A duck must have mistaken our pool for a nice relaxing pond, in which to float around and casually pass the time of day. Obviously the chlorine and salt added to the pool has not had any adverse effect to his health as he has returned, again and again, even occasionally bringing his lady friend along with him!

In the eighteen years that we have had the pool this is the first duck that has taken a liking to it, which has left me wondering….why? Is this the first duck to ever notice, over the past eighteen years, that the pool is there? Or, have the others been put off by the smell of salt and chlorine?

Perhaps our visitor is simply an eccentric duck!

I'm up here, Mr Duck. Look this way!

I’ve tried to get a photo of this cute little guy for ages, but every time the camera has reached my face, he flies away!

This morning, however, at 7am, armed with both camera and determination, I actually photographed him! They are not the best photos of all time, that’s a certainty, but at least they are proof that I’m not hallucinating!

I’ve noticed that all the photos I take in the early morning and also later in the afternoon have a fuzzy look to them, so just to satisfy myself that the light of the day can make a huge difference to the quality of a photo, I took another photo of the same place, same zoom, but at 1pm this afternoon.

Bring Mrs Duck with you next time. Midday would suit me just fine!

The result? Much clearer, and far more vivid in colour.

Now, if the duck will just make a visit around midday, my camera will be waiting. Hey, I’ll even invite his lady friend! 🙂

11 thoughts on “An Early Morning Visitor….Come back later, around midday, okay?

  1. What a cutie! Maybe this duck likes having this “pond” to himself (and, at times, his lady friend). So thoughtful of you to invite her back later in the day, as well. Always, so accommodating of our fine-feathered friends? Love it!

    By the way, thanks so much for the comments you left over at my blog. I’m subscribing here, as well.



    1. He is a cutie Kathy. You should see him splashing around, he has a ball! I’m perfectly happy for him to visit, but my husband grumbles about his “droppings”. I think they are a small price to pay to see the little guy so happy. 🙂


  2. Seems like your duck visitor has a mind of his own and hears a different drummer. 🙂 I love the little puddles he made around his feet…

    Does your camera have a pets and children setting? I find it works well for me when trying to catch things that move and wiggle a lot.


    1. I’m using my daughter’s camera at the moment Barbara, so I’ll ask her to lend me the manuel (I hope she can find it!) I love finding new settings on a camera and improving the photos I’m taking. If the camera has a pets setting, I can practice on my two cats and the dog. I have so much to learn, but find photography is a lot of fun!

      Our duck visitor is the cutest thing. He knows where the stairs are to get out of the pool and after he hops out, he stands on the pavers, flaps his wings around and ‘quacks’ for ages! 🙂


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