Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Snow White Swans

From Africa to the Arctic in 3 days - the high pressure responsible for the huge weather switch is building again. The local wildlife has taken a battering with many birds nesting under a blanket of snow of the heavy variety, crushing and breaking many bushes. The Swans must have had a bad night on such an exposed nest site, open to the bitter polar winds. Popeye is presently on the snowy nest , whilst Penny is taking a break and giving herself a clean and preen. This is the first time they have ever been caught nesting under a heavy snowfall. I was also greeted by many ducks this morning, looking for a sustaining feed to keep them going whilst nesting. The next potential threat comes from a quick thaw, maybe coinciding with the high spring tides this weekend !

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