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Here are the swan photos I mentioned to Zaphira …

28 Jan

In Zaphira's post "A few birdies …", she showed a swan, and remarked about their beauty and aggression. I mentioned that a pair I found across the road from me in mating season a few years ago had been beautiful, and the male, at least, had exhibited some aggressive behaviour in order to warn me off his lady. I don't doubt that if I had gotten much closer, he would have been provoked to more than scary behaviour. Luckily, I have been able to keep my passion for lady swans under control, to paraphrase the redoutable Porkypine.
Here, I found them, swimming about the pond:



It's obvious that he is beginning to notice me …

He comes a little closer …

And he begins to drum his wings on the water …

And now, HE's closer, and SHE's in the background.

All's well that ends well, I reckon …
Cheers, all …

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12 Comments

Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

12 responses to “Here are the swan photos I mentioned to Zaphira …

  1. judithchen

    January 29, 2011 at 7:01 am

    i think the boy swan think you are a big light bulbfor them when they enjoy their sweet couple time…. 💡 💡 :eyes: 😆

     
  2. Zaphira

    January 29, 2011 at 7:01 am

    What a beautiful couple, and man, that water looks fantastic! :happy:

     
  3. NLDH

    January 29, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Whoa, so beautiful anf peaceful :up:

     
  4. risis1977

    January 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    :up: beautiful day , beautiful lake , and beautiful couple . :happy:

     
  5. crystalacey

    January 30, 2011 at 10:01 am

     
  6. Olgita

    January 31, 2011 at 5:01 am

    The colors of the pictures are so WONDERFUL!!! Green grass, blue water and white swans!!! And a bit gray trees!!! JUST GREAT! I love it!I heard that swans have only one partner all their life…

     
  7. derWandersmann

    January 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I have heard that, as well … recent research seems to show that monogamous bird couples tend to cheat, however.

     
  8. crystalacey

    January 31, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Originally posted by Olgita:

    I heard that swans have only one partner all their life…

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    I have heard that, as well …

    I understand it is the same for geese. As well I believe the surviving partner even goes off to die as well.

     
  9. ssalonis

    February 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    The "blue" on those photographs is just so beautiful. I love this shade…not to mention that it is my favorite color 🙂

     
  10. Olgita

    February 20, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    ecent research seems to show that monogamous bird couples tend to cheat, however.

    😆 so even birds cheat 😆

     
  11. derWandersmann

    February 20, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I suspect that "cheating" is, on a scale of such things, a relatively low-risk activity, in most species. The benefit is, in evolutionary biological terms, a greater mixing of the gene pool, thus providing greater genetic diversity. There is the risk of negative outcomes, of course, but real anti-survival outcomes are relatively rare.

     
  12. judithchen

    February 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    :eyes: :left: :confused: :right:

     

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