Didn’t Get a Picture

As usual, Chester and I were on our walk yesterday morning and I saw something to take a picture of.  It was 4 ducks in the middle of the Red River and they were swimming towards us.  I set up to take a picture, wrapping Chester’s leash around the post where I placed the camera – the same way I always so so that he doesn’t jerk and move the camera just as I am snapping.

After zooming in and just as I clicked the button, someone came walking up with an off-leash dog, and made no attempt to walk around us, which caused more movement than normal and caused the camera to move as I snapped.  I mentioned to the man that my dog doesn’t appreciate off-leash dogs approaching him when he is on leash and that I wouldn’t trust him to not re-act.  That was a hint to maybe get his dog away from my dog – but he didn’t take it.  His reply was that he was doing fine so far.  As I started to unwrap the leash from the post so I could move away, Chester did as expected and snapped at the dog – so they finally moved off.

I don’t understand why people think its ok to allow their dog who is not leashed to force themselves upon a dog who is leashed and can not get away.  Most of the people who walk their dogs off-leash in this area don’t even carry a leash with them.

By the time he finally moved away with his dog, the ducks were too close to the bank and out of sight in the long grasses and weeds for me to get a picture of them.  The one that I snapped is not in focus.  I can tell that it is 4 young Mallard Ducks, and maybe clutch mates to the one I got the other day, but I couldn’t tell if their tails were also in the water.  They were all facing me and I couldn’t see their tail areas.

I’ve been thinking I should start taking pictures of the people who walk their dogs off-leash and who use the school grounds near me as an off-leash dog park.  I had suggested to the city that they make the area below where we walk into an off-leash dog park, but they didn’t seem interested in the clean-up that would be required.  Thinking about it now, I realize that my wildlife area would be ruined if they did that anyway.  It is full of weeds and tall grasses and the birds are plentiful there.  If the grass and weeds were cut and the driftwood logs pulled out of there, the wildlife would disappear.

Speaking of wildlife, so far on Africam today, we have seen Lions, Elephants, Nyala, Waterbuck, Hadeda Ibis, Woolly-necked Stork, Warthog, Fork-tailed Drongo, Zebra, Oxpecker, Impala, Kudu, Blacksmith Lapwing, Baboons, Helmeted Guineafowl, our Cheetah Salome and her 3 cubs and Black Eagle and chick.  Click here to see all of today’s pictures.