Five ducklings, losing their down

Five ducklings, losing their down

Five ducklings on the Compton to Wightwick Mill stretch of the canal. Despite losing both their parents in the first week after they hatched, the complete clutch have continued to thrive. Here. at about a month old, their juvenile down was beginning to give way to adult feathers.

Swan family, West Park, second view

Swan family, West Park, second view

Second view of the swan family on West Park lake. They were some way out on the water. I could only see five of the six cygents I had counted the day before, and feared they had already lost one. A closer view of the photos shows five cygnets on the water, and the sixth riding in comfort on its mother’s back.

Heron by Wightwick Lock

Heron by Wightwick Lock

Heron, probably the same young bird which has been haunting the canal and vicinity at points between Castlecroft and Aldersley. This time it was on the towpath, watching intently where the water of the overflow weir at Wightwick Lock joined the bottom pound. It stayed for some time, never getting to the point of pouncing. Then two Canada geese landed heavily on the water yards from it, and set it flying for a quieter spot.