Sunday, 20 May 2012

The Big One (8-1)

Sunday 20th May 2012

Antons Gowt to Boston Visitor Moorings.

A late morning, the dogs let me know that they wanted to go out. A boat moored next door to us left just after midnight heading towards Lincoln. Without a single light on the boat! The Boston Belle passed earlier in the evening on a booze cruise I hope that they did not meet!

We took the dogs for a another walk along the towpath. There are large patches of cornflower just coming into flower. The Bluebells are now being crowded out by the new growth of other plants.

Went for Sunday lunch in the Malcolm Arms. The carvery was excellent as was the pudding. Portion control is not practised in this establishment. This possibly explains the number of customers (as would the price - £5 a head)  As we were amongst the last to arrive we ended up in a side room which had previously been a snooker room.

We spotted what looked like a big bird of prey. It was moving around in a slow circle over a field and making the occasional swoops down towards the ground. We could not make out what kind of bird or what the prey was. 

A quiet crawl down the river, keeping an eye out for the wildlife. Quite a few bike riders, dog walkers and joggers on the towpath. The highlight being our first Kingfisher of the cruise. Later we found out that we had missed a seal heading up river. They come in via the lock at Boston. When the water is a high level, they can make their way over the top of the flood gates. we arrived in Boston in the late afternoon.

The mystery photograph from yesterday was a close-up of a teasel head.

The bird of prey that we spotted earlier turned out to be a Kite. But it was not the feathered kind, but a bird scarer type now being deployed by farmers. The kite is very realistic. Many species of bird are extremely wary of birds of pray such as hawks, therefore "hawk kites" were created to fly from poles in the wind and hover over a field. They are purposely designed to match the silhouette of a hovering bird of prey. They also find use on airfields to prevent birds accumulating near runways causing a potential hazard to jet aircraft.

Daily Total
Miles:  2.2
Locks: 0
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 1.2

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 704.1
Locks: 652
Swing / Lift Bridges: 115
Tunnels: 6
Pump Outs: 9
Engine Hours: 2130.0

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