It was the last day of November and the past two days the temperatures dropped dramatically, so when I got up the sun was shining and a bike ride to the pond was a must.I rode down and ignoring the winter chill made my way along the Bannockburn path to the Swans Pond.
Yesterday was a fine, sunny, Autumnal day so I took the opportunity to visit the Swan Pond. As I reported last week the swans had migrated and only the Ducks a few moorhens are there just now. Also some seagulls looking for easy meals from the local people bringing bread and corn seeds on there daily walks.
As I approached the pond I always check out the far fields where the Herons usually sit. My binoculars panned to the far off wood and I was rewarded with a magnificent site of a Roe Deer feeding on the grass in front.
As I looked I then realised there were three deer, I quickly got my camera and took a few photos, unfortunately my camera isn’t equipped with a powerful lens but at least I got some images.
I changed to movie mode and I filmed them as they made their way into the Heron field. It was so thrilling to watch them albeit from afar.
The roe deer is primarily found in areas of mixed woodland but is capable of adapting to a wide variety of habitats. It is a small deer and is reddish-brown in summer, while greyer in winter months. The roe deer is generally more solitary than its larger red cousin, and is to be found at lower altitudes. They are distinguishable facially by a black ‘moustache’ stripe and white chin, and also by a cream coloured rump patch. Male roe deer are larger than females and have short antlers bearing no more than three points.When to see this species : Spring, Autumn
I took a bike ride down to the swan pond yesterday,the sun was shining but the signs of autumn approaching are clear. The reeds and leaves on the trees are turning, the bustling noisy swallows that I seen in the summer are long gone with only a few stragglers remaining.
The geese are gathering in the fields getting ready for their long journeys ahead. As I got nearer the pond, the cygnets and swans greeted me and I couldn’t believe the size of them.Fully grown now, the cygnets are larger than their parents.
The day started well as I was cycling along the dirt path on my journey to the pond, a young Rabbit cut across the path.The weather was a vast improvement of the past few days as blue skies were appearing in early morning.
As I got nearer the pond I spotted a few Sparrows look for food in the nearby field, so I stopped and took some photos.
All along the telephone wires I could see Swallows and House Martins sitting and taking off to skim the tops of the field while
The constant ‘chatter’ of these amazing little birds is what always reminds me of summertime.
I was amazed to see, at first two Herons in the far field, until I scanned the horizon and then I counted three, then as I scanned left and right I spotted another two .That was five altogether, I,ve only ever seen one on various rivers.
Even the gulls were resting all along the fencing.
As I threw some food to the Moorhen I watched it swim to the far reeds to pass it on to one of its chicks.
The chick then dis-appeared back into the safety of the reeds
As I cycled home , again (like last week) I came across a Buzzard on some telephone wires. I stopped and took out my binoculars and watched fascinated, as it dropped into the field, out of sight for a moment, then taking flight with a vole in its clutches.
Today, I went to the pond early in the morning, after another week of torrential rain in Scotland the weather held off long enough for me to observe the latest ‘news‘ on the Pond.
The Cygnets are looking more like adults than ever and there long slender necks are a site to behold.
The Ducks too are growing at a rapid rate, but its the Coots who stole the show this week. After me thinking there was no chance of any eggs hatching, what did I see on the far side ? Five young babies swimming along with mum and dad.
Take a look at the photos I got below.
The Cygnets necks are growing slender
Feeding the young
Coots are medium-sized water birds that are members of the rail family Rallidae
Heading for more food
Adult heads for more bread after feeding the 2 chicks
Adult feeding the chick
They are close relatives of the moorhen.
The adult bringing food to the chicks
The adults were bring food for them
Chicks on far side
Here I was feeding bread to the adult and it took it across to feed the babies
Yesterday’s trip to the SwanPond was a washout, torrential rain put a halt to my filming and after taking cover under some trees I headed home for a warm coffee and a seat in front of the TV to watch Stage 1 of this years TourdeFrance. So it was with a sense of hope that I headed down to the pond this morning for ‘Take 2′ of Swan Diaries, Week 6. The cygnets are about a third the size of mum and dad now and there front is showing a bit of white feathering coming through.
Cygnet’s are about 1/3 the size of an adult
Sparrow on path
Heron resting on far side
Swallow diving for flies
Swans and Cygnets
Ducks in the reeds
Horses in Buttercup Field
On my bike ride home I spotted a field which was a sea of buttercups with a few ponies in it.
Also the wheat fields are growing quickly, and it’s so nice to see the waves that the wind creates brushing through field.
The Pond was brimming with wildlife this morning, the Cygnets were looking even bigger than last week and there feathers are showing the first signs of going white. The Ducks are about the same size as the adults and I was finding difficulty telling the adults from the young.
I think the Coots have lost their eggs as they spent the whole time I was there,foraging for food, I could’nt spot the Pochard but the Heron was on the far side, taking it easy in the sun.
I could hear a Buzzard above me, so I got out the binoculars and spotted a crow chasing it into the trees away in the distance. Managed to get a few pics of the Damselflies that were at the side of the pond.