And We Paddle Like Ducks

Last weekend we enjoyed a brief respite from the torrents. The rain peeled away to sun. We were excited, and headed for the Arundel Bird Wetlands Centre, hoping that it wasn’t too badly flooded from the storms. It was; the Arun River overtopped on 3 January causing severe flooding. The paths and boardwalks are submerged, the nesting areas are a foot under water, and the birds have fled to the bare trees for shelter. Even waterbirds need to dry their feet off occasionally!

Here are a few photos I took at the Wetland Centre at Arundel, West Sussex. Move your mouse over the photo to read its caption.

And here’s a video linked from the Wetland Centre during last summer’s lovely weather.  If you can imagine, this is how the wetland centre should look.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. narf77 says:

    I love the bin in the water…that way the ducks can just head over and select a nice snack without having to get their feet “dry” 😉

    1. Misky says:

      Just like a drive-thru!

      1. narf77 says:

        Yup…ducky drive-through. Lucky it only happens on infrequent seasons as the ducks would be as obese as our McDonalds loving teens 😉

  2. Sigh…poor little Wetlands, who would have thought it could be TOO wet? I hope they didn’t lose too many nests…

    1. Misky says:

      I hope so, too. It’s started pouring again, and tomorrow the wind switches from the east (Siberian wind) so it will go flippin’ freezin’ cold. Poor birds. Time to start feeding them, I think.

  3. I did a walk near the wetland centre last summer, at least I think it’s the one I saw! I hear there is no respite in the rain this weekend either, time to crack open a bottle of gin !

    1. Misky says:

      It’s chucking down, Claire, and the Upper Mole is rising again. Pass along that bottle when you’ve had your fill.

  4. Karen says:

    What a shame…you have certainly had way more than your share of rain.

  5. Joanna says:

    Wetlands are precarious places aren’t they? At least the birds can move easily and find somewhere dryer to nest, unlike the poor souls down on the Somerset Levels, apparently an area the size of Bristol is underwater. These floods are going on and on aren’t they? Today we have fog and 2 C. Brrrr….

    1. Misky says:

      I really feel for the people living in the Levels. Dreadful situation to be flooded for so long. They’ve had a lot TV time today on the news.

      And another swathe of bad weather tomorrow evening. Deary me.

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