• Claire Stott

Welcome home

Having last seen them back in November, I was delighted to spot two large familiar white shapes gliding towards me on my recent trip down into the harbour. The resident pair of Mute Swans are back for another year!

Where they have spent the winter is a mystery, although both birds seemed to have returned to their breeding territory with rather obvious dirty brown heads. Apparently this staining comes from a build up of iron in water that the swans have been feeding in.

Coming close to the bank, the swans were disappointed with the lack of food offerings from me, but were content instead to tuck into the grass growing at the waters edge.

The early morning light sparkling in their large, dark eyes, perfect for capturing some close up of these magnificent birds.

No sign of their Canada Goose companion just yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it reappear very soon to join it’s unconventional family.

— All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography 2018 © http://www.greyfeatherphotography.com

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