Archive for June 10, 2013

Following on from a meeting this morning I hot footed it to Canada Water in Rotherhithe to look for a reported Long-Tailed Duck.

Canada Water ecology park

Canada Water

photos by Diamond Geezer (

Canada Water is a small eco-park comprising what had once been the Canada Dock of the Old Surrey Docks on the South side of the Thames. It is now within a Shopping centre.

On arriving I could see a small duck showing a lot of white on the far side of the water. I hurried over and after about 10 minutes relocated it in the middle of the basin. It gradually came closer and I was able to get some good photos.




Other birds present included Sand and House Martins and a Reed Warbler singing from the reedbed.

Day list

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Common House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)

HSL 102

Posted: June 10, 2013 in History, Post medieval history
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High-speed launch number 102 was built at the Hythe in Kent in 1936 for the Royal Air Force. She is the only surviving example of the launches used by the RAF in World War II to rescue a man who had to ditch over the Channel. During the Battle of Britain HSL 102 rescued 38 aircrew in two months including the crews of two German bombers. Transferred to the Royal Navy in 1943 she was used to tow gunnery targets and was subsequently sold and used as a private house boat. She was purchased by a boat preservation trust in 1993 and restored to her World War II condition.


HSL 102 is currently berthed at the Portsmouth historic dockyard