Yesterday afternoon I went to check on "my" nesting swan. And - lo and behold - the babies had hatched!
Before I got near enough to see what was going on, I heard the geese and the swans squawking loudly back and forth. There were fluttering wings and there was whooshing water. The geese were trying to get near the babies...and 'daddy' swan was hissing and flapping and chasing them off. He protected the perimeter, so 'mama' swan and the seven babies could swim away from the nest.
I spent about half an hour climbing through the twigs and weeds at the edge of the pond, stalking the little family and taking photos. Other than the occasional thorn, I enjoyed every minute of it!
It was great to be out enjoying the pond on a bright, sunny day.