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While it was a pleasure to see the Little egrets at Roath Park on Thursday, it was the other birds that brought me the most joy, especially because there were so many babies to be seen.

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Cygnets, cootlets, ducklings, all at various stages of development, could be seen swimming, being fed by their parents and learning to feed themselves, and just sitting dozing in the warm sunshine.

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Even the base of the Scott memorial lighthouse has become a nursery for a family of seven little coots.

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I defy anyone to look at these and not smile!

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