Coots

Confined to the canal towpath again. Rain has kept the bike under cover. I have felt closer to wildlife these last two days than a week on the moors. Foxes yesterday, herons, cormorants, and plenty of ducks, swans, and coots. This pair was hitching a ride in the rain on a log. The saying “as bald as a coot” actually refers to the white patch on its forehead but has come to refer to a lack of hair. Coots are resident in the UK year round but some do migrate south in the winter feeding on both plant and animal matter such as snails, dragonflies and beetles. They can live for up to 18 years.

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Lee Navigation

Not my usual habitat. Down in London for a couple of days. After the drive down the Lee Navigation canal provided some fresh air of a sort. It flows from Hertford to the River Thames sometimes alongside the River Lea, sometimes parallel with it. A shortage of hills but I did see a pair of foxes. First time for years.

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Paddington Basin

Passing through London. After two hours of being a tourist I had had enough. Found this little oasis of tranquility. An offshoot of the Grand Union Canal.