Sunday, February 14, 2010

Mute Swans

On a little patch of open water in a frozen lake, I came acorss this
pair of  Mute Swans, (Cygnus olor).
I watched them for a long time as they took turns feeding.  First one, then the other.

A native of northern and central Eurasia, the Mute Swan was introduced into North America to grace the ponds of parks and estates. Escaped individuals have established breeding populations in several areas, where their aggressive behavior threatens native waterfowl.

The Mute Swan is one of the heaviest flying birds, with males (known as cobs) averaging about 12 kilograms (26 lb) and females (known as pens) more than 15 kilograms (33 lb).


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Müge Tekil said...

Superb shots! Especially the first one! Have a nice Sunday, ciao! :-)

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Great captures.

Martha Miller said...


Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Wow, what a perfect shot of the swans! You have a great blog. We will definitely be back to visit.

Thank you for the kind comments on our blog. Fortunately for us, the Williamsburg area is so beautiful that all you need to do is point your camera and it looks like a postcard.

You are right about the Forster Terns. We had to get out our Virginia Bird Guide to find out, but you have an excellent eye.

Darryl & Ruth

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

That's an awesome shot. Like the first shot.

Enjoy the love-day.

Stine in Ontario said...

Wonderful captures! Swans are such fun to watch and photograph.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Karen: That is such a beautiful bird and you got some neat photos.

Anonymous said...

Heheheee! Bottoms up! That's so funny, but they sure are beautiful!

Carver said...

Fantastic shot of the swans.

Tammie Lee said...

this is a lovely post, thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Its totally amazing how such a heavy bird can fly and land so gracefully. I love how the swans brake with their feet on the open water.