Monday, February 10, 2014

5 swans a swimming

I’m joining Sandie again this month in her invitation to take 5 minutes to capture lots of images and then choose 5 to share.  The light was good on the resident swans were in a good position to photograph so I used them for my subject matter.


They are used to people (and dogs) and some will even take bread from the hand as they are fed so often


the ones with brown feathers are the chicks from last year – the ugly ducklings – and the father seems to spend a lot of his time at the moment chasing them away from the family group, in readiness for a new clutch this year


that  green leg tag indicates  that they are locals


I love how the seagulls are in amongst them (the brown showing that is a chick from last year too)


fascinated by their ability to balance on one leg

and here is a shot of the chicks in May last year – amazing how they grow, and as far as I can tell all survived this year.

Thanks to Sandie for the reminder to pause and study one subject for 5 minutes


Sian said...

There is something endlessly fascinating about a group of swans..a good subject to pick for this

Miriam said...

I so agree with Sian and to see them as cygnets last year is wonderful. Great photos

Prairie Jill said...

Oh, how lovely! We don't have swans up here, so it's a real treat to see them in your photographs.

alexa said...

How lovely - and rewarding - to see the cygnets now as swans. You,have captured some super close ups.

Sandie said...

What a lovely set of photos Helena, I loved seeing the cynets when they were so small - it is amazing how fast they grow and wonderful that they all survived. We have swans near us that live on the river. I have never noticed their leg ring - I will look now that you have drawn my attention!
I'm so glad that you paused to take these photos, thank you for sharing and joining in x

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Really great photos, Helena! We rarely see swans here but we do have ducks and geese.

Amy said...

Swans are so interesting to photograph, their shape is lovely.

Starnitesky said...

I love to see swans you have taken some lovely photos here.