Geese & Swans

by Robin Fuller June. 05, 2020 135 views

The Seaton Wetlands do not attract the numbers of geese that might be found on larger areas of marsh and saltmarsh. There are undoubtedly quite a few species which visit the area, but they do not feature much in my photo collection.

Canada geese are regulars at Seaton. They were introduced to Bfritain from North America and are now commonplace, in fact widely viewed as a pest by many people.

Striking markings make this a distinctive bird.

Striking markings make this a distinctive bird.

Canada geese fly in formation and may arrive en masse at a feeding site, with much honking noise.

Canada geese fly in formation and may arrive en masse at a feeding site, with much honking noise.

A pair of Canada geese. Males and females are as far as I am concerned indistinguishable.

A pair of Canada geese. Males and females are as far as I am concerned indistinguishable.

Typically they lay 5-6 eggs. This pair has hatched five goslings.

Typically they lay 5-6 eggs. This pair has hatched five goslings.

This pair are seemingly raising 9 goslings.

This pair are seemingly raising 9 goslings.

They young happily feed themselves from hatching.

They young happily feed themselves from hatching.

Mute swans are highly distinctive and very photogenic. They are permanent residents at Seaton. There are several pairs in a typical breeding year.

This Mute swan offered me an unusual perspective. It was grazing on a 1.5m high grassy 'seawall' so that I was looking up to it as I took the photo.

This Mute swan offered me an unusual perspective. It was grazing on a 1.5m high grassy 'seawall' so that I was looking up to it as I took the photo.

This photogenic pair show off their beautiful plumage (photo not taken at Seaton).

This photogenic pair show off their beautiful plumage (photo not taken at Seaton).

Swans graze marshland vegetation on land but frequently we see swans feeding on aquatic vegetation, bills reaching down with their long necks as they upend to feed on deep lying underwater plants.

Swans graze marshland vegetation on land but frequently we see swans feeding on aquatic vegetation, bills reaching down with their long necks as they upend to feed on deep lying underwater plants.

This one's head is still running after feeding underwater.

This one's head is still running after feeding underwater.

Their nests are huge mounds of vegetation on the edge of a water body.

Their nests are huge mounds of vegetation on the edge of a water body.

They may lay 5-8 eggs. I can only see one egg, perhaps two, in this nest though more were probably layed later.

They may lay 5-8 eggs. I can only see one egg, perhaps two, in this nest though more were probably layed later.

Young swans or 'cygnets' have the long necks of their parents but are fluffy like duckings and goslings and are a distinctive grey colour.

Young swans or 'cygnets' have the long necks of their parents but are fluffy like duckings and goslings and are a distinctive grey colour.

By the end of their first summer they have the adult form, but still with grey plumage which carries over to their first spring.

By the end of their first summer they have the adult form, but still with grey plumage which carries over to their first spring.

Self-sufficiency is hard work for an immature bird so a daytime nap is in order. Still awake enough to glare at the photographer!

Self-sufficiency is hard work for an immature bird so a daytime nap is in order. Still awake enough to glare at the photographer!

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Lin Bennett 1 year, 1 month ago

Love this, Robin...especially the little goslings!! smile

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