Lots of HX locals are heading to the Lough Gur lakefront at present trying to capture photos of the (allegedly) 5 new cygnets born to the pair of resident swans last week. MB was in the locality yesterday with canon-in-hand, not exactly at the lakefront area – but nearby, when he spotted a swan swimming slowly by with – not 5 – but 8 cygnets in tow. MB is not sure if this swan is a totally different one from those at the lakefront area (swans are territorial and tend to stay in their own locality), or it is one of the lakefront swans who has managed to pick up a few spares in recent days!
This week’s WordPress challenge got MB thinking of the two swans that frequent the Lough Gur lake-front back home. During MB’s Christmas break, they seemed to be inseparable.
MB saw them again during his trip home of recent days when they seemed to be having some ‘alone time’. Maybe she just had a headache. But at the end of the day, who the hell knows what goes on with swans.
Swans usually mate for life, though “divorce” does sometimes occur, particularly following nesting failure, and if a mate dies, the remaining swan will take up with another.