Swan Diary # 11 (Cygnet Gone) June 2013

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Swan Diary #3 (2013)

Not much to say about the swans this week, they are looking fit and healthy and with the ice melting partly on the pond they can feed from the bottom again.

They are well fed also by the passers-by who bring bread, barley and corn. Continue reading “Swan Diary #3 (2013)”

Swan Diary #10

Yesterday I took a bike ride down to the pond, I hadn’t been for a few weeks and with it being a lovely sunny day I did opportunity to check out the wildlife.

Although it was crispy cold, it was a fantastic Autumn day, the leaves on the trees are changing colour and the paths are now like carpets of leaves.

As I approached i could see away in the far side of the field two Herons looking for food.There was no sign of any swallows or martins, where a few weeks before there had need one or two.

The pond itself was quiet I didn’t see any ducks swans at all from a distance. As I got nearer i could see feathers all along the banks and in the swans nest on the far side.

I threw some bread into the pond and at last the ducks came into view from my left. Amongst them were some young coots which was good to see.

The Swans were nowhere to be seen, and I can only speculate that they have moved to warmer climates for the winter.

Swan Diary #9 – Herons

 

PHOTOS

Bike next to Pond

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.

Sparrow on fence

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.

Swallows and Sand Martins on telephone wires

All along the telephone wires I could see Swallows and House Martins sitting and taking off to skim the tops of the field while

Sand Martins

 The constant ‘chatter’ of these amazing little birds is what always reminds me of summertime.

3 Herons in the field

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.

Gulls on fence near far pool

Even the gulls were resting all along the fencing.

Moorhen feeding chick

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.

Moorhen Chick

The chick then dis-appeared back into the safety of the reeds

Buzzard

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.

Buzzard

 

Swan Diary #8

After the excitement of discovering a new family on the pond last week, today was a pretty quiet day with the new chicks hiding away in the reeds on the far side.

I actually got the breed wrong !

What I thought were Coot chicks, were actually Moorhens, which have very distinctive red and yellow bill compared to the Coot,s who are white billed.

The bottom of the Cygnets neck is changing colour.
The Heron had just flown in beside the swans
Coot with its white bill
close up of Coot
Moorhen with chick behind it.
The one young Duckling here is from a different family to the 7 i showed previously
Unidentified chick ?

When I was on my way home, I came across a Buzzard sitting on some wires,I quicky got off my bike and managed to get these few shots before it took flight.

Buzzard, perched on wire
Distinctive shape of the Buzzard
Takes flight !

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Swan Diary #7 – Coots

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.

Owl Oil Painting

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MIDNIGHT ANGEL


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ROSYLAN COTTAGE FRAMING
38 Fountain Road
Bridge of Allan

‘MIDNIGHT ANGEL’ was commissioned by Colin’s mum and dad after seeing another similar painting he was working on.

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Swan Diary #6

Yesterday’s trip to the Swan Pond 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 Tour de France.
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.

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.

Wheat Field

Also the wheat fields are growing quickly, and it’s so nice to see the waves that the wind creates brushing through field.

Swan Diary #5

WEEK 5

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.