Dabbling about on water lilies: Country diary, 20 September 1920

20 September 1920 Abundant wildlife around the still waters of a stream inlet

Surrey
While rain fell heavily the moorhens dabbled about on water-lilies that fill and clothe an inlet of the stream which is as still as a great pond. Abundant insect-life had been there overnight, even spiders, whose webs hung from the pollard willows, giving many colours towards sundown. The rain brought them down. Swallows, now few, flew very low, touching the water when they turned, yet never at rest. But a pair of young kingfishers that have a perch here did not move until after the clouds had broken; then they made two or three plunges, and presently took a flight a little way up the stream, coming back to their perch again.

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Source: The Guardian
Dabbling about on water lilies: Country diary, 20 September 1920