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Duck decoy

One of the last remaining in the UK. Popular with landowners in the 17th century and an idea imported from Holland after the civil war, at the time of the restoration of the monarchy. This tapering net tunnel leads to a lake, a dog was trained to weave in and out of the panels. Ducks were lured in by the vanishing and reappearing dog. So curiosity not only killed the cat. Became unpopular as they proved rather devastating to wild duck numbers. Boarstall near Aylesbury.

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Well you learn something every day! Great stuff John
John Prior: Thanks Bill. We also had no idea what we would see when we visited this National Trust property. It was empty there and the guardian gave us a detailed explanation and history, it was in use until the late 1800's and the hoops were wooden in those days.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Jun 2010, 08:58
Very interesting John: I think there's an example at Slimbridge Wetlands & Wildfowl Trust too - just as an exhibit you understand
John Prior: I was told that Peter Scott had one, he was associated with the Severn Wildfowl Trust later to become the organisation you mention. He used it for ringing. Thanks for comment.
  • bk
  • 10 Jun 2010, 09:09
Overwhelming photograph - b/w tones are quite fitting!
John Prior: Hi bk, thanks for comment.
It is both a very good picture but an interesting subject John and yet again we are educated as well as entertained on SC.
John Prior: Thanks Brian. I imagined something completely different until I visited Boarstal. Close by is Boarstal Tower also run by the NT, but still a private home so only open on Wednesdays.
A beautiful depth of field, well tallied and good tonality, well with you.
John Prior: Thank you
I love the way it leads round the corner and the B/W is superb. I have never heard of these before so its very interesting as well smile
John Prior: Thanks Linda
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 10 Jun 2010, 16:08
Never have seen or known anything about these, so interesting to see and read
John Prior: JJ thanks for comment
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 10 Jun 2010, 17:26
poor ducks. very cool capture and quite interesting.
John Prior: Thanks Otto

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