Yesterday afternoon I chased the eleven MUTE SWAN that were reported to be at Fernhill Wetlands. It turned out to be a very birdy out there, I located 27 species in about an hour which (for me) is very good. The Swan were nice enough to get up from the far s.e. edge of the wetland and give me a couple of low-level fly-bys before settling back down out of sight on Eagle Marsh.
The first thing I saw when I got out of the car was the Great Blue Heron making a meal of a good-sized snake, the next thing I saw were the ducklings - a "circle of life" moment for me.
Mute Swan (three frames): Click here for an expert's perspective on this beautiful but invasive species
Greater Yellowlegs (four frames):
One surprise for me was the Western Wood-Pewee below that I found fly catching near the waters edge:
Click the arrow below for directions to the wetlands: