I only saw five babies today, but I’m not discounting the other two, since they were swimming around and hard to see around the banks.
I was going to get a better shot of them, because they were by the office side of the canal and fairly close to the bank, but by the time I got to the office, they had moved down too far for me to easily get a shot.
I also saw goslings today, so I’m hoping for some nice photos of those cuties as well. I might hate Canadian Geese, but their babies are cute.
They were all sitting around the nest today, with one swimming around being chipper.
Most of them are hiding under Mama, but one of them is trying out different things around the nest, picking things up in their beak, really enjoying being a bird.
While I was walking on the other side of the canal, a big raven swooped in attempting to take one of the babies. It flew in, all giant black wings and doom from the sky, and then flew away when it realised that the babies were hiding under Mama and also under the vegetation of the canal bank.
It was still loitering around when I went inside. Here’s hoping it doesn’t take any of them.
They’re all still swimming down by the train station end – thankfully not too close to the Castle Lock, but still pretty far down from the nest.
The babies are really easily camouflaged against rubble, which is interesting.
One of the parents started swimming indignantly towards me again.
I know, I know, I’m just taking a picture, okay?
On the other hand, it looks like the Canadian Geese are nesting, so we’ll have goslings soon. Those are also adorable.
I can safely say all the babies are still around, because today the entire family was down closer to the train station, with the babies standing on a concrete bank while the parents swam nearby.
Being on the other side of the canal, I couldn’t get the best picture, but one of the adults still started squawking and flying towards me, like I was a threat.
I am a person on the other side of the canal. I cannot get near your babies. You have nothing to worry about.
I can’t tell if all the babies made it through the weekend, but I definitely know there’s a third one that’s swimming around a lot more now.
While one of the adults goes to the other side of the canal to nibble on the vegetation, the three of them swim around in the middle, always getting closer to the bank, and then swimming back to the nest before they get too far.
The three ducks that regularly hang out on the patio area were back. If they end up nesting, that will be amazing, because while coots are ugly-adorable, ducklings are just adorable.
There’s definitely at least one adventurous little one – constantly swimming around, following Dad, cheeping away while Mama sits on the nest and clicks at it.
The other little one in this photo is a bit adventurous as well, but still happy to hide under Mama from time to time.
Dad likes to scare off anyone who comes near the nest. He furiously paddles towards ducks, then starts flapping his wings, speeding up, shrieking at them. So they move on.
Because of this, the ducks tend to hang out on the brick walkway right by our office, but they don’t have ducklings, so I’m not bothered about them.
But today I saw a swan flying as well. That’s something I haven’t seen before.
The babies are swimming around and chirping all over the place.
And there are definitely seven!
Two of them seem more adventurous and hang out with Dad swimming around the canal.
Whereas the other five hang around the nest more.
I tried to close-up of one of the babies, but my photo-taking abilities aren’t the best. I suppose if I get on the ground and carefully focus, I might get a better shot, but that’s for later.
But you can see the red head and weird yellow feathers. So hideous, but so adorable at the same time.
I counted six babies today as they swam in the canal.
Unfortunately, they were on the other side of the canal, so I couldn’t get a close-up of them, but they probably will be next to me soon one morning, and then I can get a photo of how ridiculously ugly they are.
Their heads are bright red, but with scraggly orange feathers on them. It’s amazing they grow into such attractive adult birds.
When I walked to work today, I thought that a heron or another predator had got to them, because the nest was empty.
But I was wrong!
The babies are old enough now to go swimming, so when I thought they were gone, they were just off for a swim. There are at least five, but other people have told me there are seven.
A pair of Eurasian coots have their nest on the canal outside the office.
I’m always happy to see them, especially when they start building their nest in the spring.
Today, there are three babies!
Two of the babies are by the coot in the water, and the third is up by the coot in the nest. You can make out their bright red featherless heads.
I see them every morning as I walk into work, so I plan to keep on taking pictures of them and updating this post with the latest. With any luck, we’ll see them grow up!