So I have been regularly visiting the Swans Pond with not much to report … until today ! I biked it down as usual but found them building a nest a little bit up from where the had built one last year, but it is still close to the path so that is good for me being able to film them.
There has been a lot of rainfall the past few days here in Scotland and the rivers and ponds have high water levels in them just now, but the swans seem to have built it up nice and high so hopefully it wont get washed away like their previous nest they had built 3 years ago.
Once I had filmed them I was heading towards the Thunder-bridge to go home but my path was blocked by the Bannock burn over flowing so I had to turn back from the way I had came.
When I go to the swans nest I noticed something in the nest as , awesome ! it was an egg already, so I got out my camera and took some more video of it.
So good news for the swans and hopefully we will see some cygnets this year !
After meeting up with Raymond on the Sherrifmuir above my home in Dunblane, and after photographing a cuckoo over the past couple of days, where I managed to get some nice still shots , I was still looking for some good film footage.
Ray had come to my rescue, after a discussion between us I informed Ray to get his film camera ready as I was going to call the cuckoo in with an old trick of mimicking the cuckoos call ! first time as well as you can see on the film.
I successfully called the cuckoo in to our location and Raymond as usual got superb film of it with the added bonus of a chaffinch mobbing it.
Well done Ray,
We now have a Scottish cuckoo whisperer ha ha.ha.!!!!!!!!!!!
So my plan for today was to have a quick look at the Swan Pond then bike it to Riverside to check out the area on the River Forth where some Porpoise’s were spotted last week.
But as those who of us who film wildlife know you can’t really plan exactly what your going to see, so when I spotted a grey Heron in the far field, I set up up camera just in time to see it catching something. The timing was perfect and I had a good feeling today was going to be good.
The weather was sunny and warm compared to the past few days where rain and high winds were the norm. I took some photos of the Heron then moved down to the pond where the water was very calm and I could see lots of toads on the bottom of the pond.
Swan on the nest
Turning an egg
Fixing the nest
Best was yet to come as I spotted one of the swans laying in the reeds , as I got closer I made out the edges of the nest she had built. This is what I had been waiting for, last year I started taking photos when the cygnets were born so I was determined to film them as the built the nest this year.