Not strictly in the garden but just down the road the Shannon River flows. On our way back from visiting Stella a few days ago we passed a little family of swans. There were two adults and two beautiful little babies.
Here is one of the babies with its watchful parent standing by. This is in the old Corbally baths where people used to go swimming not so long ago. Unfortunately the water quality suffered and so the bathing finished up but due to all the sewage treatment plants coming on stream the water quality is set to improve dramatically over the next couple of years. The Corbally baths forms part of a 5 mile walk along the river. There are a further two miles which are unfortunately overgrown. From the end of our road you can cycle or walk all the way to the University of Limerick on the Red Path as it is known. There are always loads of large birds on the river and smaller birds on the edges so it is well worth a visit.
I couldn't resist taking a short video of the two babies in action.