The last couple of mornings have seen freezing conditions beside the Wom Brook and along exposed sections of the Railway Walk. Meteorologically, these conditions have been brought about by a combination of atmospheric high pressure, little or no cloud cover to â€˜holdâ€™ in place the temperature that has been built up during the day, and a slight hint of an Arctic wind coming from a northerly direction.
Therefore the sight of a pair of ducks swimming along the Wom Brook this morning was quite a revelation! Proof positive that duck feathers provide excellent insulation properties! Brrr!
(The male duck [right of photo] watches as his mate feeds on underwater plants).