Mute Swan nesting on the Tolka River, Dublin

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Mute Swan nesting on the River Tolka, Dublin

Get high resolution version: Mute Swan nesting on the Tolka River, Dublin, originally uploaded by blather. Look underneath the swan – you can see the eggs!

Mute Swan nesting on the Tolka River, Dublin, near Ballybough Bridge or Luke Kelly Bridge, on the road to Fairview. Not sure if this was the male or female – they share the nesting work, tho the male usually stands guard while the female sits. The previous day I had seen both at the nest, but the light wasn’t good. There was a batch of large eggs in the clutch – they produce around six eggs, sometimes up to ten or eleven. It takes about 35 days before they hatch – lets hope these ones will be safe from cats and globshitey humans.

Mute Swan nesting on the River Tolka, Dublin

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Mute Swan nesting on the River Tolka, Dublin

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Mute Swan nesting on the River Tolka, Dublin

Get high resolution version: Mute Swan nesting on the Tolka River, Dublin (left hand side of photo, near the wall)

Mute Swan nesting on the River Tolka, Dublin

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