26 May 2010
This swan has been sitting on her nest for a few weeks now. It's on a busy part of the Regent's Canal, just under the bridge to Meath Gardens and lots of passers-by stop to look or take photos. A few days ago they were joined on the planks by a posse of turtles basking in the sun. Today I saw the cob tidying up around the nest, pulling at reeds and moving them out of the way. And last night, as I was walking home in the late twilight, there he was swimming up and down keeping watch. She, for I assume it is the pen who is doing the sitting, tucks her head under her wing and huddles down.
I go to check on them regularly. It's very touching to see them both sitting out the gestation of their eggs together, and a little bit nerve wracking too. It'll be a relief when the waiting is over.