Lonely and some of her brood hurrying away from an aggressive drake
I was surprised to see Lonely feeding from the table where the mandarin ducks like to be fed. Over the years only three mallards have attempted to feed from there and she's a match for the mandarin ducks, seeing them all off. I'm delighted to say that even the aggressive pigeon awaits his turn when she's around.
Our cygnet seems to think it's a contortionist
Proud parents admiring their offspring
Following a discreet romantic interlude the swans face their youngster who appears to be singularly unimpressed. The family calls round at least six times a day at the moment, mostly so that the cygnet can tuck into some wheat.
Flare Tail has been looking for a new nest over the last few days and this morning was checking out her old nest box and then the one on the other side of the garden deck. I need to put more straw in that one if she's going to start laying more eggs.