Delph locks

Delph locks

Delph Nine Locks on the Dudley No 1 canal, not far from the Merry Hill shopping centre, has unusual overflow weirs which are impressive after wet weather.

There are in fact only eight locks in the flight. Traces of the uppermost of the original nine can be seen beyond the pool by the lock downhill of Mill Street bridge.

Fish in the Stourbridge canal

Fish

The top and bottom pictures are of fish by the Red House Glass Cone, where several schools were lurking. Probably a good place for them with the chance to get the leavings of bread fed to the ducks there.

Fish

These were in the shallow end of the Dock, a side pool by a higher lock in the flight of Stourbridge locks.

Fish

Bees gathering nectar

Bees gathering nectar

The larger bee had been on this flower for some time. It left when the smaller one (on the right) arrived.

Bee gathering nectar

This one was facing away from me, so the sunlight was catching the structure of the veins in its wings.

Bee gathering nectar

The pollen baskets of these two looked full to capacity already.

Bee gathering nectar

Goose and goslings by a canal

Goose and goslings by a canal

The parent goose objected strongly even though I stayed well clear of where the two half-grown goslings were feeding. The other parent was also close by, swimming in the canal.

Heron by the boating lake

Heron by the boating lake

There is at least one heron which seems to spend a lot of its nights in West Park.

Heron by the boating lake

Recently it has been using this pile of vegetation on the edge of the boating lake as its look-out post.

Heron by the boating lake

When I got too close for comfort it fled to the fenced off enclosure for the boats.

Heron by the boating lake

Heron by the boating lake