There’s no point in having a hedge that you can’t see through.

I have spent a few mornings recently in pursuit of a photograph of a glorious sunrise at a local waterhole. Forget it – where I go seems to specialise in murky sunrises. Even the two resident swans are more grumpy than picturesque.

However I have found there a splendid hedge with lots of holes in it.

The birdy creatures who frequent or visit the said pond parade up and down the bank just below the hedge giving any would be photographer an opportunity to take pictures from the other side without disturbing them. I really don’t believe they can’t see me, but they live under the distinct impression that as long as I stay on my side of the hedge and they stay on theirs, I will be no threat to them.

So when the sun is up I move to the far side of the hedge and take pictures through it.

Once I have retreated behind my hedge the bird ballet begins. First to arrive are the gulls. They stomp around for a bit, peck at the grass and imaginary bits of food and then fly off to settle on the pond where they can annoy the swans.

Next come the geese. Clearly they regard this grassy patch as their territory. They march around, stare hard at each other and at me if I make too much noise, then they begin serious rooting for something to eat.

Meanwhile out on the lake the two swans have become irritated by the influx of gulls and after much hissing and flapping of wings once of them goes in to gull dispersal in a major way.

His projected flight path is straight through the collection of gulls. The latter aware of the weight and bulkiness of their assailant panic and scatter.

The pond also seems to be on the calling list of a youthful heron. I suspect the poor creature has learnt about the fun and games beyond the hedge but hesitates about joining in. He also seemed to be having difficulty sorting out the difference between a hedge and a five-bar gate. Apart from being a little camera shy he didn’t appear to have any objection to having me around.   

So gentle people even during lockdown you can still have lots of fun. All you need is a pond with a grassy bank, two swans, six geese, several gulls and most of all a hedge with holes in it.

Have fun this weekend