Watermead Country Park.

Last sunday, early, OH and I went over to Watermead for an early walk. As we arrived in the car park situated by one of the lakes, the birds were waiting hopefully as people often feed them.

IMG_6119 IMG_6118 IMG_6117 IMG_6120

When the heron flew down the swan mother hissed and flapped but the heron wasn’t budging and watching the interaction of the two uneasy bedfellows was quite amusing!

IMG_6121

The heron regurgitated something into the water, much to the teenage swan’s disgust!

IMG_6122 IMG_6123 IMG_6124 IMG_6125

Mother swan had paddled off into the distance long since and left her offspring to it! The bewildered teenagers eventually paddled off after her.

The next interesting sighting was of a lone Goosander. (I will own up because I couldn’t remember its name and a helpful young lad prompted me!)

IMG_6132 IMG_6134

The same lad also said a Reed Bunting had just flown past and as we turned I spotted it, a female, sitting on a branch.

IMG_6142

The grebes were also in the lake among the mallards, canadian geese and swans but they haven’t started their mating ritual yet. A lot of preening was taking place.

IMG_6151 IMG_6157 IMG_6158

The next photos are my favourites. We just happened on these swans performing a courtship ballet and making strange gutteral sounds in their throats.

IMG_6188 IMG_6190 IMG_6192 IMG_6194 IMG_6196 IMG_6198 IMG_6200 IMG_6206

A real swan lake moment! It was a really delightful walk. I hope you enjoyed it too.

6 Responses

  1. That’s a lovely post, Cilla :-) I think you’re pretty good remembering so many birds – I think I only knew the swans in your blog :silly:

  2. gertie says:

    Great photos Cilla :good: What a super collection of birds :lol: Did I see recently, that goosander males bog off to Scandinavia once the females are ‘with eggs’ leaving mama to bring up the baby chicks by herself? Struck me as most bizarre! That little brown head is a female :-) super blog :good: :rose:

  3. dixon says:

    Swanning around again I see cilla. :lol: Lovely close ups well done. :rose: ………………………Where you taking me this year anyway? :dunno:

Leave a Reply

Loading...