Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Shipwreck on the River Weaver............................... home to a variety of birds

I have shared the story of the wreck on my local river before.
 A link to the post here:  River Weaver Shipwreck

My local river the Weaver flows through some beautiful countryside... between industrial towns.

The local chemical industry is on the wane... and nature is taking over.

The abandoned swans nest is close to the wreck... it's easier to see from land than from the river.
It was such a shame to see the nest abandoned a few days ago.

"Chica" the last name this old craft had has become home to a variety of birds.

Swallows were flying in and out of it's portholes and this Grey Wagtail was up on deck.

The Chica is in a bad state of decay... but as it isn't in the way it's being left to rot where it lies.

The cost to British Waterways is far too high to have it removed.

The decaying ship does make for some good images... especially with a little Pied Wagtail on board.

The glass is still in the rear portholes.... about the only part of the vessel that's still in place.

The reed beds alongside the wreck are alive with wildlife... Reed Warblers...

...and Sedge Warblers are abundant this year.

32 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

glad nature is putting it to good use!

Gary said...

Glade to see the wildlife taking over. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

HansHB said...

Lovely serie!
Well done!

Findlay Wilde said...

Some brilliant birds enjoying the old boat. That Reed Warbler picture is so good. From Findlay

Merisi said...

Good to see that the old boat offers refuge to so many birds!

mick said...

Great photos and a very interesting old boat wreck. I heard this week that the recent big tides have again exposed a boat that was wrecked years ago on the coast close to here. It also is too expensive to totally remove.

eileeninmd said...

Looks like it being being put to good use. Pretty birds and great photos.

Shaun Gibbs said...

That's a lovely backdrop for wildlife photos. An excellent series

Brian King said...

I like the old shipwreck! It would have been nice if it could have been removed, but for photo purposes, I think it's great. There are far bigger wrecks than that in the world's waters. The last two warbler photos are fantastic!

holdingmoments said...

Good to see nature making use of our rubbish.

Daniel LaFrance said...

I hope any contaminants contained within the vessel have been long removed.

Great capture of this run-a-ground vessel.

A View From A Brown Dog said...

Well Chica sure has seen better days but how great for a photo op. Glad nature is making use of it as well.

Carletta said...

Love those little feathered beauties but I'm a sucker for peeling paint and rust so the boat shots have taken the show for me.
Wonderful shots Andrew! What a gorgeous sky overhead too.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Oh I find this old wreck simply fascinating. Wonderful Andrew.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Excellent shots of the cute little birds.

Neil said...

Beautiful series.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I would imagine the underwater benefits are present as well. Great shots my friend. xo

Pantherka said...

Great pictures Andrew.

Sharon Wagner said...

That wreak is a great place for photos. Rusty cool.

The Furry Gnome said...

Fascinating photos. Nice to see pix of British birds I only know by name.

Karen said...

Looks like it's great for the birds! Rust is a terrific subject for photos too!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Andrew Just discovered your blog.I love that boat. You could have many different shot from that alone but it was lovely to see the grey Wagtail. Margaret

Arija said...

Its an ill wind they doesn't blow some good. The old wretch is at least useful for the birds. Lovely shots of the warblers Drew.

Liz Needle said...

An interesting set of photos and I love the sedge warbler.

ladyfi said...

What beautiful shots. So good to see nature taking back her own domain.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Very nice and interesting shares~

Steffi said...

Fantastic photos for SWF!Well done!

Light and Voices said...

Never saw a ship wreck, I found your post this week totally awesome. I like how the birds have found it. Antique adds to the beauty of the landscape, I think.
JM Illinois
U.S.A.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures and, yes, I'm glad, too, that nature is putting it to good use! Lovely skies and the little birds are delightful!! Have a great weekend!

forgetmenot said...

Love the bird shots. The "sinking ship" is a very interesting and creative subject. Good job. Mickie :)

'Tsuki said...

The old boat looks a bit sad, but the pics are wonderful.

grammie g said...

HI Andrew ...I love this post, and how great that this old wreck is serving a purpose !!
The last shot of the Sedge Warbler is adorable!
Gracexx