A VISIT to a Lisdoonvarna-type match making type festival for swans has paid off for one lucky fowl couple. And we are indebted to local photographer Vicky Comerford who captured the wonderful picture above of the first cygnets born in the city for over six years.
And what makes the story even more heart-warming is the fact that the mother of the new arrivals was saved from certain death my members of Kilkenny Golf Club after getting stuck in branches there a few years ago. They immediately rang Pat Durkin of Birdwatch Ireland who had her hand fed and nursed her back to health. It seems that the pen, a first time mom, went to an estuary in the south east where single swans go to pick a mate just like rural single and widowed people go to Lisdoonvarna for the annual match making festival in September. She got her cob and the couple nested in the eastern environs of the city in a man-made lake - One of the good things to come out of the building boom.
At first it was thought that four eggs hatched and then a fifth little one appeared late on the Sunday evening.
The eggs were incubated for around 38 days and the mother hardly left the nest during that time. Both parents take turns minding the young ones with foxes the main threat to their survival.