Thursday, March 19, 2009

I've seen the Withern Monster

Moving back towards Lincoln today to do a bit of occasional cat sitting while my son is away. Chilly to start with at the turn around at Tattershall but with an extra layer on not a problem.

Chugging away and checking out the wild life I spotted a grey/blue billed duck with what looked like one of those Cossack hats on its head. What was that? I looked in the book but nowhere is there a duck with a large lump like the seen version.

Reached Woodhall for the night and spotted a very large rat swimming across the canal in front of me. It dipped under the water and disappeared. Shortly afterward I saw the Loch Ness monster. There it was humps and all. Then it too disappeared but I did manage to get a picture of it.

Alongside and housework is never completed so did a bit of brushwork and then stood at the sink washing up. Out of the window the monster appeared again and this time was looking straight at me only six foot away. Monster? No. it was a seal catching fish under near the bridge at Woodhall Spa.

It was quite successful in the hunt for fish for it caught at least one while I was watching it.

It wasn’t in the least scared of the boat. Perhaps it has learnt to beg for food in the same manner that the swans will peck on the windows to attract your attention.

Thank goodness for the locks at Bardney and Stamp End otherwise we would be having elephant seals basking on the Brayford instead of swans. Nice thought though.


Naughty-Cal said...

Nice photos. Did you feed the seal or leave him/her be? Just to ask, have you had any trouble with the water levels below Bardney lock?

Ifor said...

The seal disappeared shortly afterwards and hasn't been seen since. The has been no trouble with the level of the water as far as I am concerned but it is a bit lower than normal I believe. Moving in the middle of the channel should be OK