Yesterday I took a bike ride to Stirling University to see if I could film any wildlife there, one of our John, one of our wildlife reporters works there and on his dinner hour, he will often take a walk around the various ponds that are there.
He has watched all summer as the eight young cygnets there have grown up and looking very healthy, you can see in the video and photos that they are almost fully grown now, with just a hint of grey left in their feathers.
As of yesterday 27th May 2013 we can confirm that four of the six Swans eggs have hatched. Mid afternoon FWN Reporter Brember Turner texted to let me know that the day we were waiting on had arrived and the young cygnets were under the warm wing of their mother at the pond.
Even better Brem, got some cracking photos for our readers to see them only hours after they were born, remarkable.
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.