26 May 2010

vigilance


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.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

relief earned for the Deptford Thames pair of swans that nest on the convoy's jetty, yesterday & cygnets sighted.

Anonymous said...

that was supposed to read 7 cygnets.....

Rattling On said...

They are so beautiful. There's a pair in our park but I don't think they've nested this year.

Liz said...

Aww, bless. Come to think of it, I'm not sure if there are still swans in the parks here. Will have to check.

tut-tut said...

lovely . . .