Intimidation and Death on the Dodder.
Harry Heron has few friends and is often to be seen tormenting a poor water rat.
Ratty was on his way to fox’s funeral. Coming soon “Death on the Dodder”
The Picture story book Some parents will have to read aloud.
Work on the project is not without risks. A brave rat that Larry had named Cagney pottered about the riverbank right under the nose of the Fox who sat and watched him with interest. However upon returning the next day I observed Cagney laying very still.
I was told that the Fox had just jumped on him paws first and he probably died of fright.
Many of the earlier images were taken with a Nikon D7000 and 80 x 200 ED lens.
22nd August. Just above the weir. A loud squeal alerted us this evening.
The Heron took on a big Rat which fought back tenaciously biting and hanging on to a vulnerable spot. It was the size of a well fed cat.
The Heron then droped it into the water and a probable escape.
The heron quickly recovered and followed in pursuit down the weir to grab it again.
You’d think the rat was hanging on for dear life? He almost made it to the wall, almost.
Ratty deserved a gold medal for effort.
On the Dodder the mother duck seems to lose at least one of her clutch daily to the Heron and other predators.
Sunday 10 July. The last surviving duckling is trapped below Rathfarnham weir.
The mother duck flies up over the weir, The duckling repeatedly tries to follow and calls.
Now exhausted and alone on the far side of the river, it my be taken by a predator in the next few hours.
Monday 11 July. The mother duck is back below the weir but alone.
6 June 2016 Latest pic of Vixen and Growing cub.
I believe this vixen is a survivor of the family that were killed here some time back.
She is back with cubs initially kept well hidden.
A proud Mum with one of her cubs to the riverbank.
Exploring the sandy area.
This riverside regular wonders what all the fuss is about.
They are growing quickly.
At the rear of the den.
The pups quickly settle down for an orderly lunch.
The Vixen shelters from the hail-storm to watch photographers getting drowned.
Late evening. Ollie the Otter
While the Dippers were further down the river I quickly grabbed rubbish from the top of the weir (The weir is the backdrop to many wildlife shots) I was then rewarded in the evening with seeing Ollie the Otter.
The otter descending a steep bank to enter the river.
Otter surfaced briefly.
Quietly watching photographers who are looking in the other direction.
Mole and Badger had the kettle on. I wonder If the Heron is partial to Toad.
In The “Wind In The willows” we are told how particular they were in whom
they spoke to.
I can’t imagine that they have many friends.
I have really no idea why this image got me thinking about Irish Politicians or protestors.
The Kingfisher prefers to hunt from branches just above the water.
More Kingfisher pics on the Kingfisher page.
Chat or a row on the river bank. One fox sits back and watches.
While his mate does all the talking. Perhaps an invite to dinner.
A playful but careless fox slips into the River.
Foxes fight over the ball.
The Swan needs to know what’s on the water and under the water.
She even goes down for a closer look and perhaps an angry peck.
Up pops the Mandarin Duck.
The swans were fed regularly and they appeared to gang up on the fox when he went after some of the bread on his side of the river.
The Fox’s frustration. He bites through a branch
I think they got the message or have they seen it all before?
On a cold winters day people found it difficult to feed the swans and ignore the little Fox.
‘That’s my spot’ says the Swan.
The Cormorant poses for the photographer.
The Local swan is wondering What’s so special about the Cormorant.
Lunch break at the Dodder. Don’t show the sandwich bag unless you intend to share
The Little Grebe lives on the plentiful supply of minnows and even some sticklebacks.
A lucky capture as the Mandarin duck nearly lands on top of me.
The Duck is pursued by a Water-spaniel.
A guilty look.
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