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Patience Brings its Own Reward

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A few weeks ago I came across a Swan sitting on a nest.    The nest gradually disappeared as the reed bed grew but on the assumption that eventually a new family would arrive, I kept an eye on it.  Went back today and sure enough, mum and dad had been joined by four cygnets.  The local Ranger  had seen six eggs on the nest but apparently a Heron had been seen in the area.  Dad was still around but doing his own thing.

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Big Gulls like black backed gulls will also take chicks - I guess a heron might though.

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Interesting. Where were these shots taken?

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Thanks Rye, thanks CM.  It's on a nature reserve.  This one is on the coast.  I go there for sea birds but on the inland side of a dyke there is a tidal pond that is home to several bird species and lots of insects.  It's a longish drive for me but it happens to be near a pottery supply shop that my wife occasionally visits when she needs more clay etc. so I often offer to fetch and carry and combine the two.

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Nice you got the cygnets John!

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Nice capture, our local Swans got three out of six eggs

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