On Good Friday, I took a ride along to the Swans Pond and came across an FWN favorite bird, a grey Heron. The Heron was one of the first wildlife species we filmed and even entered a film to an international nature film festival in Belgium.
As I scanned along the pond I spotted the swans looking well and with the water levels low they could easily forage for food below the surface.
Next was the Moorhen, great to see it too as were not one Coot but now a pair, hopefully we will see some nest building in the coming weeks.
I have only filmed Herons as they stand in there perfect statue pose but thi can be quite boring after a few seconds, so it was great to see this young one walking along the edges of the pond, then to my delight i caught it catching a toad and eating it whole.
Was great to see how they use their long beak to spear there prey and eat it.
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
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.