Monday, November 19, 2018

Mute Swans

There is a large population of Mute Swans at 
Lake of the Lilies.
They are a common sight in the Northeast, even on ornamental and urban ponds. 
The sexes looks similar, 
the female's bill basal knob is smaller.
Mute Swans can be very aggressive in defensive of their nest
and are highly protective of their offspring and mate.
It is one of the heaviest flying birds in the world.





I find them to be very beautiful and easy to photograph.

25 comments:

  1. It is a splendid bird and always stirs the emotions. Not all people like them, however, due to their impact on native species. In Maryland a few years ago a total cull was implemented and all Mute Swans were killed. Perhaps you know that in Britain this is considered the Royal Swan and all individuals belong to the Crown.

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  2. Hello Debbie, beautiful captures of the Mute Swans.. They are lovely birds. Happy Monday, enjoy your day! Have a great new week!

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  3. As always, such beautiful photographs that I feel like I’m right there! I haven’t been to the ranch to see the one swan they have there in a long time! Bet he’s full grown and big now! He was always bigger than the other ducks!

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  4. Well leave it to me, I am thinking are these swans deaf or can't make noise? I looked it up and of course it is just a breed lol. They look really big to me and love when they put their heads on their back.

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  5. Mute swans are beautiful and graceful... especially in the water or in flight.

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  6. They are such beautiful birds. I have never had the privilege of seeing a swan in real life, we have mostly geese and ducks.

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  7. What stunning pictures of these beautiful and graceful creatures. Thank you for filling my life with beauty, sweet Debbie. Hugs to you!

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  8. They really are so beautiful and Debbie you photograph them so enjoyably

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  9. Large but gorgeous. The fluffy white and blue background are incredible.

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  10. I have always loved Swans. I haven’t see very many though. They are a beautiful unique bird. I have enjoyed the stories about them
    These shots are stunning, asl always.
    Blessings and hugs!

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  11. Wow, they really are quite beautiful, Debbie.

    xoxo

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  12. Such beautiful and elegant creatures!

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  13. These are gorgeous pictures!-- love them! Love the snowy fluffy looking feathers and the water is so blue!

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  14. ooops I just saw where I had not commented on your previous post either...love the pictures but my FAVORITE IS THE FIRST ONE OF THE BLUEJAY...---that is so pretty, just love it. I would just love to come and sit at your window with you and see all these gorgeous birds, you have so many come, so much variety!! I just saw where you had commented on us taking a ride in that old car I had posted...yes!!--that sure WOULD BE FUN wouldn't it?! LOL I can see us with our fluttering scarfs on our heads, and big fancy sunglasses!! ha ha LOL

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  15. Debbie - glorious photos … the sun reflecting on the feathers, the soft sheen of water - so gorgeous! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  16. they are beautiful! This reminds me of going to a lake that was close to my mother in laws place, whenever we would go on the trail around the lake they would come and chase us

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  17. You got great photos of these beautiful swans. They really are an elegant bird.

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  18. I have heard they can be mean, but they are so beautiful and graceful! How lovely to have them close to where you live.

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  19. Such beautiful photographs Debbie.

    All the best Jan

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  20. Love the white against the bright blue water!

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