Saturday, September 2, 2023

Saturday Critters #507

- and everyone is preening -

Preening is a maintenance behavior found in birds that involves the use of their beak to position feathers,
interlock feather barbules that have become separated, clean plumage,
 and keep ectoparasites in check.

These swans at Lake of the Lily take preening very seriously.
When they are done, 
to say there are a lot of feathers on the ground is a huge understatement.

They are so fun to watch and this group were so white and beautiful...they did their job well!!

Sharing today's images with Eileen at 
Viewing Nature With Eileen 
for Saturday Critters


♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Beautiful birds. They look phenomenal.
Debbie, your photos are excellent as always.
Have a nice weekend:)

eileeninmd said...

Hello Debbie

The swans are beautiful, their white feathers are lovely.
Wonderful series of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great weekend. PS, thank you for the comment too.

Jim and Barb's Adventures said...

Are those the same ones from this spring? How many babies survived?

Debbie said...

no jim, but how cool that you remember that story!! this is a different lake much closer to my home, a lake i visit all of the time. there are probably 50 swans here and i did not see any babies here this year. these swans come at the beginning of summer and stay until it gets cold. i do not know how many of those spring babies at lake como survived. i was a bad parent and never followed it through. i wanted to go the other day but at this point, i'm not sure i would know, i would have to hope they still remember me!! it's a bit further and the traffic at the shore in new jersey is horrible....bumper to bumper everywhere you go. after this weekend, it will disappear!!

RedPat said...

They are amazingly white. So beautiful.

Lydia C. Lee said...

I love the raised wing shots!! Lovely stuff. Very intimate. #SaturdayCritters

Marie Smith said...

Beautiful birds. We don’t have them here.

BeachGypsy said...

Those swans are so beautiful-- I love to see them! Are the babies big now?

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The feathers would be great for a soft! They really are beautiful birds. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday my friend!

Lowcarb team member said...

Great photographs Debbie.
I hope you are having a good weekend.

All the best Jan

GreenComotion said...

Hi Debbie!
Your pictures are so real and beautiful that I got goosebumps adoring them.
Thank you for sharing. Take care.

Conniecrafter said...

They certainly have done a good job they are just beautiful!

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Brian King said...

Very conscientious about staying clean, kinda like cats! Glad they did return! Beautiful!