Tuesday 18 December 2012

Top 12 Wildlife moments of the year 2012 - Number 8

Number 8 of the 12 wild moments of 2012 has to be a project I took on over the spring and summer months when I found a pair of Swans near the Grebe nest from the previous post. It was a wonderful to be part of the family from nest building, eggs being laid, incubation, hatching and then the family growing and the cygnets being full size and thanks to them I can now speak fluent swan, Unfortunately the Female passed over away a few months ago down by the river but the good news is the Male is patrolling his territory looking for any passing females swans to come down and become his mate.
I thought I would post an update on the Mute Swan family I have kayaked with from the Adult first built the nest earlier in the year to the laying of 6 large eggs and the cygnets hatching into cute bundles of grey and now they are as large as there parents who have gotten alot smaller since putting all there energy and fat reserves into bringing up there young. First we had 6 young and 2 were rescued by the RSPCA because of discarded fishing line and hooks getting caught around there legs which is becoming a real problem around here as well as that the adult male disappeared for a week and as he has been around for 10 years I feared the worse.  I feared he was killed on purpose or just died of old age but yesterday he returned to his mate and 4 cygnets who are getting very cheeky and hogging all the food 
so no wonder he had a break from them for a while.
On Sunday I met the family and they swam around my kayak and followed behind and one cygnet seems to like pecking me on the arm I think this one he wanted some of my breakfast muffin which I happily shared with the family. After arriving they left to graze and sleep in a cattle field just as the sun came up to light up the water and burn off the early morning mist.
Thanks for reading



  1. Some lovely shots Mike; and some lovely memories too.

  2. Thank you and hopefully more wildlife memories next year.