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.
At the end of the 19th century in the United Kingdom one particular disease was considered a significant threat to certain wild salmon fisheries and data gathered from these fish provided the basis of a detailed description of the condition known today as ulcerative dermal necrosis (UDN). Historically UDN has occurred in Ireland, France, Sweden and Norway but in the UK this condition had largely disappeared or was not reported since the 1970s. Research from this period suggests that UDN can persist for 3-4 years in individual rivers and then disappear.
Recently, Marine Scotland Science diagnosed ulcerative dermal necrosis (UDN) from Atlantic salmon stock that originated from the River Spey. Sea trout are also susceptible. This condition is a naturally occurring condition of wild fish and despite significant research no recognised cause including no link to an infectious agent. Furthermore UDN has never been reported from farmed fish.
UDN is believed to start during homeward migration and is primarily a lesion of epidermal and dermal layers of the head area. Confirmation requires histological examination of early skin lesions which is considered the only specific signs of the disease. However, secondary infection by Saprolegnia, a normal part of the river ecological system, reduces the likelihood of a correct diagnosis.
Marine Scotland will cooperate with District Salmon Fishery Boards and will monitor any further incidents. Further information can be obtained by contacting Marine Scotland at MS.FishHealth@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.
FWN Reporter Colin Statter is also an artist who paints fantastic Oil Paintings of Wildlife in Various Natural Landscapes
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Here are some of his latest commissions
‘KINGFISHER’ was commissioned by Vice Chairman – Ronnie Fisher, of The River Forth And Teith Anglers Association for member Ronnie McLelland as a thank you to Ronnie from R.F.T.A.A. for the help and support he has given the association over the season.
Scotland’sWildlife is enduring and experiencing the very unusual weather fronts sweeping in over the country for the past two months, the rainfall for this time of year has broken all the records since records began.
This family of swans was spotted by FWN Reporter ColinStatter early this morning, taking refuge on the banks of the RiverAllan in the childrens park at MillRow car park in Dunblane.
The young Cygnets are too young to ensure such a strong current, they would be swept away , the adults took the youngsters into the park during the night, once the levels drop they will safely go back into the river and continue their journey.
One local resident talking to Colin said that this was the first time he had seen swans in the RiverAllan in the middle of Dunblane.
All the Rivers in the district rose last night in spates, as seen in these photographs taken by Colin,
The Allan is once,again up in heavy spate the third within a fortnight, forecasters say we can expect similar weather over the next couple of Weeks.