Southampton Common: fluffy and bright

DSC_0097It’s been another sweet week on Southampton Common, with the moorhen chicks, coot chicks and ducklings all growing up fast.

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DSC_0140The coot chicks are still sporting their gloriously electric orange hair and outraged look, whilst their parents tirelessly feed them.

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DSC_0327The youngest moorhens are becoming a little less timid each day and scampering round the edge of the Ornamental Pond, showing off their incredible feet.

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DSC_0510Meantime, the older moorhen chick whose nest is at the other end of the pond is reaching an awkward but still rather delightful stage of gangly adolescence.

 

 

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DSC_0080DSC_0080Whilst all this is going on, amongst the reeds the damselflies are busy ensuring the next generation of insects!

 

 

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Away from the ponds, the colours in the Old Cemetery are spectacular at the moment, and across the Common there are carpets of buttercups, so that even on duller days the Common is looking bright and beautiful.

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Finally, back on the water, the male swans have spent the week closely guarding their nests and partners, and yesterday was the day when the little heads appeared in the nest on the island at the Ornamental Pond. So, next time I write, I hope to have some photos of the fluffy grey cuties to share.

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