So far on the return trip we have seen a huge Pike, obviously of sufficient size to have been living on duck and moorhen chicks for several months before his demise. Also a tufted duck (see photo). I assume it escaped from domesticity at some stage in the past but now shares the canal with Mallards.
There seems to be a natural pecking order ( sorry ) amongst canal waterfowl. Cygnets are well behaved and rarely cause problems for parents. (public schools.)Ducklings are fairly indisciplined and cause a few problems (state secondary schools) while moorhens are lousy parents and the chicks do what they want, causing chaos and frequently getting lost in the meantime ( borstal). They are all cute and good for a laugh. We're having a gentle cruise home so have moored above the Atherton locks to allow a fresh assault on them in the morning. At this rate England will be home before us. Apparently