The swan family is generally dispersed these days. I've seen four of them together at one time a couple of times, but ususally they are fewer. Scooter seems to be largely on his own now. His foot has deteriorated until it's just a few little stubs - it seems to have worn away. Here he was happily preening, balanced on a log beneath the surface. He was even having a snooze balanced on one leg a little later. I'm wondering if he will ever try to fly. Possibly not.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
This heron let me get quite close as he fished and foraged amongst the reeds right next to the Wooden Boat School at Franklin. The herons are quite shy and wary, certainly more so than swans and ducks.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
I've only seen Scooter occasionally recently. He was at Franklin this morning though, on his own. I saw a small group of swans further north along the riverbank, and these were probably his siblings. Scooter's foot continues to deteriorate. He's probably best off without it now, although he seems to use it in some way for steering. I note that his plumage has not developed as much as that of his siblings, and he is still relatively brown rather than black, and he retains a fluffiness that the others were pretty much over.