Of Swans and Eggs

Having, somewhat pruriently, watched the swans mating, I was hopeful that they were going to stay on the pond.

Pen

Cob

A couple of rather ‘arty’ portraits of the pair.

 

I must confess that I didn’t take much notice of them for a while until I caught them ‘at it’ again:

Cob ‘treading’ pen

Him on the nest again

The cob was behaving quite triumphantly on the nest. Note the coot’s nest just beyond.

 

Things carried on much as hitherto:

although I thought there might be eggs visible in the first of the above pictures.

 

On the 26th April there were definitely eggs!

Eggs!

 

The nest site was in the reeds under the steep bank below Redlands School. The reeds were still not grown enough to hide the nest from the other bank.

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13th to July

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A lot of the pics have captions visible when you “mouse” over.

Saturday 13th

To Sheffield on t’ train. Reasonable weather – there was a dance thing on and loads of folk around dancing and watching.

Peace Gardens

Peace Gardens


 
 
 
 
Back home went round t’ pond. You’ve seen a lot of these subjects before.
Don’t know what butterfly the caterpillar is of. Quite a few of them around – jet black from above – orange around the “feet”. I know they’re called prolegs
The two juvenile grebes were taking off to leave the home pond for good.

 
 
 
 

Sunday 14th

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Second bit of April

Thursday 11th April

A long tailed tit

A long tailed tit (twice – GIMPery)

Male flowers of pussy" willow

Male flowers of pussy” willow

First swallows I've seen this year

First swallows I’ve seen this year
(2 pics GIMPed together)

Tits

Tits

More Tits

More tits
(the one on the left is GIMPed in from a second pic)


Some more pics:
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Friday

Robin singing

Robin singing

Never get tired of the beauty of blackthorn blossom

Never get tired of the beauty of blackthorn blossom

Hawthorn like a net  covering a mossy fence

Hawthorn like a net covering a mossy fence

Spadge

Spadge

(Mist over Godfrey's pond)

One misty, moisty morning …
(Mist over Godfrey’s pond)

Mallard scared to join her chicks

She’s scared to join her chicks

... 'cause this is what awaits her - rape!

… ’cause this is what awaits her – rape!

The tracery of the willow or the bluetit, take your pick.

The tracery of the willow or the bluetit, take your pick.

Stret lock goldfinches

Stret lock goldfinches

Finish the day with an elusive wren

Finish the day with an elusive wren

Showing what you can do with a bit of post-processing:

Long tailed tit. Original on the left:  Colour level adjusted on the right.

Long tailed tit. Original on the left:
Colour level adjusted on the right.


Some more pics:
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Saturday

Sparrow: This little guy was singing as loud as any robin

This little guy was singing as loud as any robin

Consensus is that these are mallard/muscovy crosses

Consensus is that these are mallard/muscovy crosses (at Stret lock) (Although that red bit at the top of the bill’s missing?)

Grebe nest: I count FIVE eggs!

Grebe nest: I count FIVE eggs!


Some more pics:
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Sunday

Bloody windy

Butterflies have begun to appear, even in the high wind. Small Tortoiseshell.

Butterflies have begun to appear, even in the high wind. Small Tortoiseshell.

Wind damage

Wind damage

Great crested on the storm tossed pond

Great crested on the storm tossed pond

The mystery duck again

The mystery duck again

Grebes. Here's mum and dad

Here’s mum and dad



Monday

Windy again. Just a couple of pics

Gorse flower

Gorse flower – been out for ages but a spark of colour among the bare trees.

A small comma butterfly

A small comma butterfly


Pheasant skulking in the undergrowth

Pheasant skulking in the undergrowth



Tuesday

Bee on a dandelion

Bee on a dandelion

Those ducks again

Those ducks again


Just a bud

Just a bud

Coltsfoot (apparently)

Coltsfoot (apparently)

Waverocked grebe

Waverocked grebe