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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 24th July, 2022)

What The Quacks Going On?

What The Quacks Going On?
Taken on the Leeds and Liverpool canal near Poolstock.

Photo: David Kelly  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Veronica on 24th July 2022 at 00:10

All out! Not enough water to wet their little webbed feet. Looks like they’re migrating to pastures new.
Quite a comical picture David…

Comment by: Cyril on 24th July 2022 at 00:35

Poor ducks, it should be back to normal now with the rain. I was going to say it looks to be quite clean until I saw the dumped car wheel and what appears to be an exhaust further up - why do they do it? Bithell's scrap yard is not far away, I'm sure they would have gladly taken them.

Comment by: Veronica on 24th July 2022 at 07:22

I hope they find somewhere better, it rained yesterday but not enough for them.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 24th July 2022 at 07:32

Whats up Duck ?
Is the canal leaking or is some work afoot ?

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 24th July 2022 at 08:12

On a closer look the 'ducks'look like Canada/Brent geese ?

Comment by: DTease on 24th July 2022 at 09:16

The one on the right is shouting “Aw don’t be like that lads, I just pulled it out, I didn’t know it was a plug did I” ?

Comment by: Poet on 24th July 2022 at 09:32

Perhaps someone said Boo to them .

Comment by: irene roberts on 24th July 2022 at 09:44

That's tickled me, DTease! I could just imagine the others pointing at the one at the back and shouting, "It was Our Donald, Dad. He can't leave nowt alone!"

Comment by: Mortarmillbill on 24th July 2022 at 09:49

The Poolstock pound is empty every morning due to leakage on the lock gates and the canal bed.

Comment by: PeterP on 24th July 2022 at 10:09

It is only when a section of the canal is drained that you notice how shallow it is

Comment by: Julie on 24th July 2022 at 10:09

Looks lovely with the ducks, but the water is very low. Lovely photo.

Comment by: Veronica on 24th July 2022 at 11:17

There once was an ugly duckling,
With feathers all stubby and brown.
The other birds said in so many words….
Get out, get out, GET OUT OF TOWN!
And he went with a quack and a waddle in a flurry of eiderdown!
That should get everybody singing…..!
Thanks to Danny Kaye

Comment by: Maureen on 24th July 2022 at 14:10

Veronica,I can't tell you how much I love that song always have and always will,when Danny Kaye sang it I could picture everything,he brought it to life..especially at the end when they convince him he's a swan I always get emotional.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 24th July 2022 at 17:06

This stretch of the canal must be one of the deepest on the whole of the canal network, at the side its about 10 feet and the middle is about 15 feet deep.

Comment by: Cyril on 24th July 2022 at 20:59

I can believe it too Mick, 30 or so years ago I was informed about an old school mate who had been walking along here with his wife and dog, apparently he'd had an epileptic fit and somehow had fallen into the water, but was drowned by the time he was located and got out, on the photo there looks to be a deep undercurrent.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 24th July 2022 at 21:29

There's a shortage of water because of the low rainfall and the surge in traffic up in the hills after a closure ended and boats could move again - so the Wigan Flight was closed until there was enough supply to allow operation across Wigan through Poolstock. They are partially re-opening from tomorrow for 4 hours on Mondays and Thursdays - but passage has to be booked online in advance.
There are similar restrictions on parts of the Trent and Mersey - and I expect more areas will be affected as the summer goes on.

Comment by: Marky on 24th July 2022 at 22:10

Do the ducks have to book online as well ?

Comment by: Edna on 24th July 2022 at 23:10

Aww what a lovely photo, and yes Irene, your comment tickled me as we'll. We do get a smile on here, now and again.

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