WWT Llanelli: Geese & Swans

Whilst the Hawaiian geese were certainly the star attraction during our recent visit to Llanelli Wetland Centre there is no shortage of other geese species, as well as swans and a few surprises! One of the first geese we encountered during out time here was a pair of striking red breasted geese with bold black,…

Serenity

Our pair of mute swans are still yet to perform their elegant breeding displays, at least while I have been watching! Despite many hours of observing and waiting it has simply been business as usual for the pair; feeding, preening and patrolling their territory. It may be just a little early for them yet, the…

3 week old cygnet

Our little Mute Swan cygnet is now around 3 weeks old, and growing rapidly! Now that it has grown stronger and has survived the first and most vulnerable weeks of it’s life, the parents have relaxed their guard, although they are still careful not to let the cygnet stray too far from their sides. As…

Survival of the fittest

A couple of weeks earlier than last year, and once again we have a cygnet out on the river Rheidol, hatched from the resident swan pair, whose lives I have followed closely over recent years. Sadly however, it seems the pairs’ success of last year (when they reared 5 cygnets to independence) is not set…

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…

Swan courtship

This morning I experienced one of those “right place, right time” moments. No sooner had I got down into the harbour with my camera, did I find the resident pair of Mute Swans acting unusually. They were swimming in very close contact and dipping their heads into the water and preening their wing feathers in…

An enduring friendship

A familiar face has returned to Aberystwyth harbour after dissapearing shortly before the mute swan hatchlings emerged from their nest. Now that the surviving cygnet is 4 months old and almost as large as it’s parents, the lone Canada Goose has returned and has been accepted back into to his unusual flock. Quite why this…