Male Mallard Duck on the River Dour, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom

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John Latter on March 30, 2007

A male mallard duck swimming upstream on the River Dour as it passes the Bowling Green in the spring of 2007 (March 27th).

The metallic sheen of the green feathers is truly amazing - a photo hardly does it justice!

An image of a female mallard duck and her newly-hatched brood of duckings - taken the day before on the same stretch of river - can be seen here.

John Latter on November 23, 2010

In addition to those found under the "Bowling Green" tag, the following photos were also taken nearby:

The Pigeon who thinks It`s an Eagle, River Dour

River Dour Cleaning, Ladywell Carpark

And two pubs:

The Park Inn (my local!)

The Sir John Falstaff

Plus, of course, all photos of the Town Hall.

John Latter / Jorolat

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John Latter on December 10, 2010

The Mallard, or Wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos):

"Probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical Americas, Europe, Asia, New Zealand (where it is currently the most common duck species), and Australia.

The male birds have a bright green head, while the female's is light brown. The mallard lives in wetlands, eats water plants, and is gregarious. It is also migratory. The mallard is the ancestor of all domestic ducks, and can interbreed with other species of genus Anas.[2] This interbreeding is causing rarer species of ducks to become genetically diluted."

Wikipedia entry for Mullard Duck

John Latter on December 10, 2010

The River Dour and the origin of "Dour"

Extracts from Brythonic Languages:

The Brythonic or Brittonic languages (Welsh: ieithoedd Brythonaidd/Prydeinig, Cornish: yethow Brythonek/Predennek, Breton: yezhoù Predenek) form one of the two branches of the Insular Celtic language family, the other being Goidelic.

The Brythonic languages derive from the British language, spoken throughout Britain south of the Firth of Forth during the Iron Age and Roman period.

The Brythonic branch is also referred to as P-Celtic (like Gaulish).

The modern Brythonic languages are generally considered to all derive from a common ancestral language termed Brittonic, British, Common Brythonic, Old Brythonic or Proto-Brythonic, which is thought to have developed from Proto-Celtic or early Insular Celtic by the 6th century BC.

The number of Celtic river names in England generally increases from east to west, a map showing these being given by Jackson ("Language and history in early Britain: a chronological survey of the Brittonic languages, 1st to 12th Century AD"). These names include ones such as Avon, Chew, Frome, Axe, Brue and Exe.

Also river names containing the roots "der-/dar-/dur- " and " -went" E.G. "Derwent, Darwen, Dart, Deer, Adur, Dour, Darent, Went". The Celtic origins seem likely, the meanings more controvertial: Some associate "Der-/Dar-" with the Brythonic word for "OAK(S)" ("derv/dervenn" in Breton, "derow/derowenn" in Cornish, "derw/derwen" in Welsh. Possible but there would have been a lot of oaks around; maybe there was.

As to "-went" some claim this to be a word for "valley" or associated with the Celtic word "nant" for river (like in Welsh). This seems a very unlikely derivation, as there is no known initial consonantal changes from "n-" to "w-". More likely is that the "Der-/Dar-/Dur-" means "water" (c.f. "Dour" in Breton, dowr in Cornish, Dŵr in Welsh) and "-(g)wen(n)(t)" means white/pure.

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  • Uploaded on March 30, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/03/27 11:18:24
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 17.40mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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