Mum takes the strain
The swans nearly always approach us from downstream so I have plenty of time to get out their favourite food for them. Sometimes the cygnet gets so excited at the thought of a 'wheat treat' that it slides off mum's back before reaching the feeding station - but not always!
Time to slide off mum's back for some wheat
Usually it stays on board till the last minute and then wriggles from under its mum's wings before sliding into the water.
Getting back on takes a little more effort
After a substantial snack it's so nice to clamber back under mum's wings but it's never that easy, especially when mum is seeing off a rival swan. Then the cygnet has to paddle hard to keep up with her.
Preening is essential
After a good meal it's important to preen before settling down for a snooze under mum's protective wings.