Ilkeston - Winter Quarters
w/e 29 December 2002

Lake at Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam

As we stand on the threshold of 2003, many of our feathered friends have migrated to warmer climes for the winter but here at Godfrey Dive Kirk Hallam, Canada geese, ducks, swans and coots are just a few of the species that make the lake their winter quarters.
Pond near Stanton Bridge

More birds settle on this pond often frequented by local anglers near Stanton Bridge. The watery sun shining through the thin clouds gives a chilly atmosphere to this picture although we have experienced quite a mild spell of weather during the Christmas holiday period.
Nottingham Canal between Trowell and Cossall

A couple of coots make the disused Nottingham Canal between Trowell and Cossall their home for the winter although I did spot some mallards among the reeds further along and a water vole scurried across the path in front of me to hide behind a bench on the tow path. He peeped at me from behind a leg of the bench but disappeared down a bank when I pointed the camera at him.

Also at Cossall, these companions - a horse and two goats - share their winter quarters and also spend time together out in the fields during the daylight hours.
Creature Comforts

Whilst this cat prefers the creature comforts of a garden seat inside Trowell Garden Centre. Winter quarters and warmth - a winning combination.
Ilkeston Skyline

And so at the end of the year, here is a final look at the place that will be my own winter quarters. Not only winter but spring summer and autumn too for this is the skyline of Ilkeston across the Erewash Valley as seen from Cossall Road (I've always known it as White's Lane) at Trowell. It is from here that I will venture forth to bring you more pictures from the area so I hope you'll be a regular visitor to Ilkeston Cam to enjoy the images in what I hope will be a

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