Wed, 28 May 2014 18:29:16 +0100Wood and Water:
Wildlife of the Epping Forest area.
It begins anew.
Mon, 26 May 2014 18:13:58 +0100
It has been silent here for some time because silence was better than delivering bad news. I suppose that although I had accepted what all the evidence was pointing to I was still hoping to be wrong; but the time has come to face up to the facts.
It has become apparent that we will not have cygnets this year. Despite seeing Mummy on the nest for several weeks she subsequently disappeared and has not been seen since. We may never know what happened to her but she is gone.
Change and loss is natures way and nature adapts; so shall I. Having thought it over I have come to the decision that despite this project always being about far more than just our swan family it’s origins were in watching the cycle of breeding, nurturing and raising of the cygnets each year. Therefore this will be the penultimate post to this project and it will be left as a tribute to the family and all they contributed to my photography and my well being.
After four wonderful years it is time to move on and refocus. Therefore very shortly a new project will begin. Entitled ‘Wood and Water’ it will continue the work started here but will have a broader remit to include wildlife from the whole of the Epping Forest area and maybe even beyond.
Perhaps we will be back here one day - I certainly hope that Daddy soon finds a new mate, or perhaps even one of the children will return to start their own family. The final post here will be a link to the new project and the wonderful new experiences that we are yet to have.
Sun, 04 May 2014 19:56:00 +0100
Only a quick visit today after returning from seeing my first ever Kingfisher at Rye Meads RSPB reserve. See the http://blog.daseinphoto.co.uk
Still no sign of cygnets but our other families are all doing well.
Sun, 27 Apr 2014 18:51:42 +0100
Still no news from the swan nest but the first set of ducklings are growing fast and are starting to look like the adults.
The first set of ducklings spotted on Roding Valley.
Had a close encounter with a moorhen chick.
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:53:04 +0100
Good Friday bonus lake. Coot chicks and ducklings on Highams Park Lake. Plus a swan taking goose chasing to new level, maybe one of Daddy’s relations?