Cygnets capture local hearts


Docklanders from across the precinct have witnessed the full circle of life with the birth of beautiful cygnets in November.

Since the November edition of Docklands News with photos of mother with her unhatched babies on new floating wetlands installed by the City of Melbourne, the fluffy little creatures have since emerged and have been busy exploring their surroundings.

Many residents, including Docklander Shahzad Siddiqui who captured these stunning images, have been sharing their experiences and sightings with others in the community which has whole-heartedly embraced them.

“I have been coming across them on a daily basis since they hatched,” Mr Siddiqui said. “On the day they hatched, it was kind of a festive atmosphere. Most of the residents were aware and keeping track of them. They were happy and it was like someone we knew had given birth.”

Another resident Lori Fellows said the swan families had been attracting the interest of many locals and visitors.

“We have been seeing pairs of swans set up nests and raise their cygnets on one of the main islands since they were first installed. Lots of locals from South Wharf and other places go down to see them and watch for the hatching,” Ms Fellows said.

“Many people are there taking photos every day, all of them with smiles on their faces, also chatting to each other. It’s so lovely to see in the centre of Melbourne.” •


Photography by Shahzad Siddiqui

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