...... and then there were seven.
Two black swans and five little white cygnets.
Whilst driving along the road near Dalmeny last week I spotted these two black swans on a nest not far from the road. We stopped further up the road and walked back for a better look, by which time three other cars had also stopped - local residents who had been keeping 'maternity watch' in the last few days. They were even more delighted than us to discover that these 5 babies had hatched overnight. A lady told us that foxes took the eggs before they hatched the previous year.
It's always a special thrill to unexpectedly encounter nature in its natural habitat rather than in a zoo.
I hope these cygnets will remain safe and grow into beautiful mature black swans.