Random Ramblings

Random Ramblings: Personal observations on a wide variety of subjects. Photographs of creatures and things that are taken on seeing the unusual as well as everyday things.

Five Mute swans a-strolling

Experts advise that it has been a degree warmer this year than is usual. This has been especially noticeable in the early evenings and has taken me on many a late leisurely walk. On one such occasion a swan family danced delightfully across my path. The cob, his mate the pen and their inquisitive three cygnets. It is easy to forget that swans are both wild and strong especially when they are attending young. A cob can quite easily break someone’s arm if it feels threatened. So, even though it is tempting to stand near and reach out to touch it is best to stand back and leave the family to go about its business while discretely observing. Always remember to wait until they venture back into the water before being tempted to give them a few portions of bread. The bread must be wet, softened by the water so it will not cause harm when ingested by this beautiful bird.

Swans - a family consisting of the cob, pen and three cygnets Swans - the cob facing the camera, the pen facing her cygnets

Swans - the cob with a cygnet  Swans - the cob with two of his cygnets Swans - the pen with a cygnet Swans - three cygnets with the cob and pen - their father and mother

Mute Swan family – the pen, cob and three cygnets taking a stroll on the banks of a nearby lake … a beautiful sight!

9 comments:

Shinade aka Jackie said...

How simply marvelous Polly!! I wanted swans so bad for our pond.

But, as we lose so many of our fowl now and they are very expensive to buy and hard to find we are waiting until we can get an island built!!

I am back and slowly making my way. Trying to keep my mind occupied!!
Jackie

Workplace On The Web said...

I love swans. They're so graceful.

Marly

YummY! said...

Swans are so beautiful!

Tes said...

Polly, wonderful to have those swans around. One of them might turn into a princess at full moon! teehee. . .

Grace said...

I don't like swans. First they are huge birds and they are nasty. Was chased away from a lake by a huge honking swan (honking refers to its size). I was just walking along minding my own business and wham...Not nice birds

Shinade aka Jackie said...

I am so pleased you enjoyed the Bison Polly. Both Walter and me are going out tomorrow for a photo shoot and try our best to get some good close ups!!

If we can get them they will go Friday or maybe next Wednesday.

Most likely, it will be next Wednesday. Walter just reminded me we will be out of town all day Friday!!
Jackie

Sandi said...

beautiful. I would love to come upon a scene like that.

storybeader said...

they're so pretty. Love to watch the waterfowl around our neighborhood pond, and to hear them fly over in the morning!

Relimom said...

I always find it fascinating how youngs swans are grey and really not all that beautiful, and then they become these beautiful creatures.