The Swan’s nest

I’m walking through a narrow walkway in the reeds, looking for Reed Warbler’s nests, when I come across a Swan-made clearing in the centre of the reeds. It’s an enormous pile of reed stems to keep the eggs and chicks out of the river at the highest of high tides and during floods.

Swan's Nest - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I walk on and I find another one. Neither of them are the one they’re currently using. A local tells me the swans have tried using these nests this year and failed, with two eggs in one and one egg in the other. Now they’re on the opposite bank. I wish them better luck in their relocated home.

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