Commencing in the spring of 2010 I began to photograph the development of a family of swans who live on Connaught Water in Epping Forest. What started out as an add-hoc collection of photographs turned into a project that documented the swans and the other wild birds on a weekly basis and continued through the winter.
The project continued through 2011 and beyond.
I am hoping that this blog will attract contributions from other regular visitors to Connaught Water.
To see the photographs from last year click on the Swan Summer 2010 link above.
A a couple of wigeon today on Roding Valley Lake.
The swan family still doing fine
Checked in with the family. Saw the Hooded Merganser briefly, so maybe she will be with us for the winter.
Dingy days call for a bit more imaginative image making.
This week is the height of autumn. Colours and tones are changing from summer to winter and we prepare with the birds that are going to tough out the cold months with us.
Some things however, are the same whatever the season so today a picture of Daddy under full sail in pursuit of geese.
Dreary, wet but we persevered.
Family all fine. Two cormorants spotted. Many of the birds were taking advantage of a lack of visitors to reclaim the pathways and graze on the grass
Autumn is here and we have a welcome return for what we can assume to be a winter visitor as she hasn’t been seen all summer - the hooded merganser.
Cygents, heron and an ariel display from the geese (and the cormorant but way too far away to photograph) today.
No sign again of the Arctic Turns so we have to assume our unexpected visitors have left for their winter homes.
Seven cygnets spotted again today I think (might only have been six). Lots of wing flapping and flight feather preening.
Also spotted the heron and what looked to be a juvenile cormorant.
Relief today as seven cygnets showed themselves. Although if that is all of them then it does mean we have lost one.
Two Herons spotted, one in the distance but one gave us a close up fishing display.
Focus on the Heron today at Hawkswood and Connaught Water.
Slightly concerned to have only seen two of the cygnets.
Cygnets doing well and the white feathers are really showing through.
New arrivals still coming through so a bit of a focus on moorhen chicks - two sets - on Roding Vallet Lake.
Finally managed to get something approximating a decent picture of the arctic turns.
Quiet day today.
The cygnets are starting to exercise their wings.
Good close view of the heron but failed to oblige us with a fishing demonstration