Familiar faces

It was back in October when I last saw our mute swan family down on the river Rheidol. At the time their single cygnet was a few months old and almost ready to spread his wings and gain independence. It appears that soon afterwards, all 3 birds disappeared from the area. The cygnet likely left first to join a flock of immature birds elsewhere. The adults then departing for winter feeding grounds as they do each year, wherever these may be!

Today, on a bitterly cold yet bright day in January, the pair have returned to their re-establish their breeding territory ahead of yet another year of cygnet rearing.

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It is too early as yet for much courtship or mating behaviour, something which I hope to capture later in the year. As the swans swam around lazily on a particularly high tide there was not a great deal of action to capture, but the low sunshine did however produce some rather lovely portraits.

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A new bright orange boat on the water was reflecting into the water below surrounding the swans with a vibrant glow making the resulting photos appear as though they were captured at sunset.

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This pair of mute swans have been together for many years, since at least 2013 when they pair were ringed here in Aberystwyth, along with their 5 grown cygnets and during this time they have varying success at raising a family.

Since moving to the harbour myself back in 2015 I have witnessed them raised a total of 9 cygnets: 2 in 2015, 1 in 2016, 5 in 2017 and 1 in 2018.

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Mum and cygnets back in 2016, unfortunately only 1 survived

Both swans carry large blue ID rings making it easy to identify them and confirm that these are the same birds I have been following and observing for the last few years. You can read more about their trials of life here.

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Male 7HZN
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Female 7HZP

Want to know more about the location where these photos were taken? Read here.

All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography 2019 ©
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Megan Jones says:

    Beautiful photos! I hope you see more cygnets this year.

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    1. Claire Stott says:

      Me too! Thank you

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