What a gorgeous sight.

What a gorgeous sight.

Last week I was sent an email seeking information about two black swans sighted on the Cooks River.  Then I saw posts about the swans on Facebook.   Following a trail I found a Facebook page called ‘Henry & Matilda.’  Here they documented the cygnets C1 & C2 leaving Sydney Park on Friday 18th January  Monday 18th February to destinations unknown. (see below)

Beautiful .  The rain has made the river brown.

Beautiful . The rain has made the river brown.

By Thursday 21st February the swans had been found on the Cooks River & identified as the same pair that left Sydney Park earlier that week. last January 2013.

Last Sunday we went black swan hunting & found them where I expected them to be – at the most popular place for waterbirds on the river – just outside Boat Harbour at Hurlstone Park.

I think it is a really good chance that the Black Swans have made their home at Cup & Saucer Creek Wetlands because they are vegetarians, eating algae & river plants.  Cup & Saucer Creek Wetlands is a very safe place for birds because people cannot enter.  Really safe places are unusual along the river.

On Sunday we watched a Pied Cormorant fishing in the wetlands, which was a first for us.

I am thrilled that black swans have come to bring a touch of glamour to the Cooks River.  These two are only 5.5 months old.  We were fortunate enough to see them when they were very young in Sydney Park.  See – http://bit.ly/QAQQ85

Black swans can live for 20-30 years so the community will have lots of time to get to know them & any others that come to live on the river or who are born here.

More to add – The owner of the Facebook page ‘Henry & Matilda’ contacted me & said that a glitch duplicated the photo of the swans leaving Sydney Park & added the wrong date.  The swans actually left Sydney Park on 18th January 2013, not 18th February as was written above. The swans have spent time in the Alexandra Canal & Wolli Creek before setting in at the Cooks River.

Here they with their parents in Sydney Park last October 2012.  The third cygnet in still in Sydney Park.

Here they with their parents in Sydney Park last October 2012. The third cygnet in still in Sydney Park.

Showing one of the four ponds in the very beautiful Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland.  New reed nests have been built over the last month or so.

Showing one of the four ponds in the very beautiful Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland.  New reed nests have been built over the last month or so.

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