Going back a few weeks now, I started the year with a superb early morning visit to Holywell Pond. One of the first things I saw was the resident male Mute Swan, in the process of evicting last year’s young from the vicinity of the pond.
Two of the young had already departed but two remained. One was pinioned against the fence by its neck, courtesy of the male parent, whilst its sibling cut a forlorn figure close to the public hide. This is the bird in the photograph.
We often take these majestic birds for granted but they really are beautiful. It’s a marvel to me that such large birds can breed so unobtrusively and with great success, throughout our lakes, ponds and waterways.
Perhaps it’s down to the tough love? Whatever it is, I am sure that the young birds will find their own territories in due course and settle down to become successful breeders themselves.