The Grace of Swans

Walking the dog up to the car park this afternoon, I noticed 5 adult swans in two groups on the bank behind us, each with a couple of cygnets almost ready to be ‘banished’ from the family flock.
It always amazes me how large these birds are, and to see them taking off on the river isn’t exactly graceful and silent, more of a Flintstone pounding of feet on the water to engage a frantic lift off.

In flight though, they are wonderful to watch, and the other day we had seven fly over together, so these could well have been one of the residential pairs and last year’s brood.

Cygnets, like ducklings and moorhen chicks, can perish either to the elements or predators here, so it is good to see the current family of four surviving young in such close proximity.
swan on nest 2    swan on nest 1
Our first year saw a clutch of 7 eggs, six of which hatched, but only three survived, despite the adults moving them across the river.
marina babies 5 marina babies 6
marina babies 8    marina babies 5

Last year we had a clutch of six, and for months five were seen to flourish. Sadly, there are only four now, but we believe the fifth survived elsewhere as quite often we see a single large cygnet when the others are further up river.
cygnetsswans aug 2016 closeFrom what I understand, the youngsters won’t be exiled to fend for themselves until all of their grey plumage has molted away.
At night, they all come into our basin and it is lovely to see them. Maggie gives them no heed, and although they may hiss at her,  don’t rally for attack.

I’m hoping to get some pictures of this year’s babies and log their progress to adulthood.
Swans will always remind me of my Mum, and how we ‘adopted one’ for her birthday the year my Dad died. Although hers disappeared without trace, I send her details of the ones here and those we see on our travels up river to Stratford.

home swansPhoto: Passing our kitchen window (March 2015).

cygnets-nov-2016-2Photo: Cygnets 2016 (two of four)

Digital Camera

Bow feed frenzy Stratford Upon Avon Aug 2015

Digital Camera

hello gorgeous (August 2015 Luddington Lock)

Of course I also have some tremendous memories of the swans in Napier in New Zealand.
courting swans 2  swans in a line
black swans and babies courting swans 2 swans
These pictures were taken with my sister-in-law’s camera in September 2010



About pensitivity101

Retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination, loves to cook, favourite food everything especially chocolate and jelly babies. Best friends are Hubby and Dog, Bro, MSM and our Dominoes Friend aka MOH (and his dog). Also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours but times change and we are once again house hunting.
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