Sunday, August 15, 2004

Swans of Avon

Swans are a very popular feature of English waterways and nowhere more so than around Stratford on Avon. On Saturday we went to Charlcote Manor, upstream from Stratford, and walked around the grounds of this National Trust property. The first sighting of a swan was on the River Avon. The second was of a family close to their nest by a stream that feeds the artificial lake designed by the famous landscape gardener "Capability" Brown. They were grooming and it took quite a while to finally get a shot off with all three swans' necks erect! Beautiful birds in a beautiful setting.