11/29/05 11:36 am - as i was awalking along the canalside...
...i heard a flap-flap-flap-whirrr- simultaneous *splash*, *noise*as*of*sheet*glass*shattering*, and *outraged*squawk!*
a trio of ducks (well, a duck and two drakes)'d came into "land" on the canal surface, as normal:
one - the duck - landed in the way broken earlier by the passage of a canal barge; one landed on thickish ice, and shot off along it at a rate of knots, its webbed & clawed feet not serving half as well to slow it down upon ice, as they would in water; and one landed on ice thin enough to break under the impact but not shatter, being thick enough to break rather in sheets, than in small lumps'n'shards.