I had an hour to sketch before the light faded. A male mute swan seemed to be avidly defending his territory. I think he was driving away the erstwhile cygnets. I tried to capture this first in charcoal then in black watercolour, aiming for fast gestures to capture just the movement and postures. Here too are earlier drawings in charcoal from the end of June: the same male in calmer mood preening, interspersed are other charcoal sketches of lapwing, common tern, barnacle geese and black headed gulls.