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p.1 #1 · Daylight Robbery


A short distance from my home is a pool where a pair of rather regal looking mute swans live:

No.1:







They have built a nest, this year there are seven eggs which they take turns to incubate.

No.2 and No.3:













I've spent a little time watching the nest, half hoping that the eggs might hatch whilst I was there with my camera. No such luck, but as I was watching I saw a coot make a stealthy approach towards the swan's nest.

No.4:







It soon became clear what the coot's intention was, he was taking a short cut to building his own nest by stealing twigs right out from under the swan and its eggs!

No.5 Taking a twig:







No.6 Making a swift get away:







In just a few minutes I saw the coot make a number of raids on the swans nest, each time coming away with a large twig or piece of reed. The swan seemed to have a big problem figuring out what was going on, sometimes the coot had to pull really hard to retrieve a piece of the nest to steal and the swan would open an eye and half raise its head but didn't actually seem to see the coot and wake up to what was happening. I've no idea how long the coot kept this up for after I left, I half wonder if when I go back I'll find the swans nest half gone! Hopefully not as it will be fun to photograph the cygnets once they hatch.

Paul.



May 20, 2012 at 03:25 PM
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p.1 #2 · Daylight Robbery


That's a strange event. I love #2. Hope the saga continues. Don


May 20, 2012 at 03:29 PM
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p.1 #3 · Daylight Robbery


Never seen this behavior Good job on these, Paul.
Thanks for sharing
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May 20, 2012 at 05:58 PM
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p.1 #4 · Daylight Robbery


Very strange, almost amusing (if it wasn't for the poor swan). Thanks for sharing Paul.
David



May 20, 2012 at 06:01 PM
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p.1 #5 · Daylight Robbery


It is wonderful what you all capture and share ! I hope you find the nest has not been compromised. Do let us know what happens when you go back.

Wonderful series .

Birdie



May 20, 2012 at 06:10 PM
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p.1 #6 · Daylight Robbery


Probably learned it from watching humans stealing copper pipe and wiring from abandoned homes.


May 20, 2012 at 06:15 PM
 

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p.1 #7 · Daylight Robbery


Very nice and strange behavior sequence.
Thanks for sharing, Paul.
Chris



May 20, 2012 at 07:50 PM
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p.1 #8 · Daylight Robbery


Coot red handed
Eric



May 20, 2012 at 08:01 PM
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p.1 #9 · Daylight Robbery


nicely captured Paul


May 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM
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p.1 #10 · Daylight Robbery


Interesting events and nicely documented Paul... #2 is a cool shot.

Kirk



May 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM
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p.1 #11 · Daylight Robbery


So cool to see this Paul, that Coot has kohonies of steel

Tom



May 20, 2012 at 11:55 PM
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p.1 #12 · Daylight Robbery


Fun stuff Paul ~ Ron


May 21, 2012 at 12:19 AM





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