This is my friend, an extraordinarily kind woman who has been visiting the swans of Liverpool’s glorious Grade 1 listed Sefton Park on a daily basis since 2010, forming an incredible bond with the resident adult pair and the cygnets they raise each year.
Feeding them only healthy food, especially sweetcorn, she is trusted absolutely by the swans. They recognise her from afar and it it is astonishing to see them fly or swim some considerable distance to reach her. On summer days, after feeding, the family group will often gather beside her on the grassy bank, to sit peacefully in the sunshine.
This young male cygnet is less than one year old and will soon be departing with his siblings to establish his own territory elsewhere. Meanwhile his parents will prepare the nest for this year’s young, all being well.