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Further along on our Oakwell walk, I stopped at the pond by the hall to catch a photo of this moorhen chick preening itself on the island.

After snapping away for a little while I noticed a couple leaning over the parapet with a phone trying to get a photo of something rustling in the grass – so I joined in.

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At first all I could see were some dark stripes behind the grasses, dandelions and buttercups.

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And then everything swam into focus – a nest of ducklings!

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The moorhen chick was joined by a friend.

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The yellow iris admired its reflection in the murky water.

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And the gunnera looked magnificently architectural against the backdrop of the 16th century stone hall.

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