E.J.Wilkins

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Nesting swan

This is a swan's nest I've been keeping an eye on, hoping I'll be in the right place at the right time to see the cygnets when they're really small. Hopefully they'll hatch within the next week or so.

This picture of the female sitting on the nest was taken from the nearby bank, actually not very far away but through a screen of willow which makes focusing difficult especially as the leaves are getting bigger and making the nest harder to see.

These swans are quite used to people being near them, but if anybody walks a dog nearby the male takes appropriate action!

Nesting swan

This is a swan's nest I've been keeping an eye on, hoping I'll be in the right place at the right time to see the cygnets when they're really small. Hopefully they'll hatch within the next week or so.

This picture of the female sitting on the nest was taken from the nearby bank, actually not very far away but through a screen of willow which makes focusing difficult especially as the leaves are getting bigger and making the nest harder to see.

These swans are quite used to people being near them, but if anybody walks a dog nearby the male takes appropriate action!

comments (25)

  • Martin
  • USA
  • 2 May 2007, 00:18
Now that's what a (shot of a) nesting bird should look like. I saw ducks nesting in large rain gutters of parking structures in Denver. That just seemed plain wrong. This white swan amidst all the greenery looks more at home.
EJWilkins: I agree with you that some birds have to exist in the most awful of surroundings, this would seem luxurious by comparison. I'm lucky too smile
oh! what a lovely swan ...in the forest..
EJWilkins: Yes, she is lovely.

There's a picture tomorrow (3rd May) that you might also like Nicola wink
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 2 May 2007, 00:25
Let's keep our fingers crossed that mammy does her job well and the cygnets make their appearance soon. No dount Ellie'll be there to introduce them to us.
EJWilkins: I'm hoping it won't be too long, I can't bear the suspense! Of course you'll see them ... there's a 'new life' for tomorrow, picture taken today smile
I really like signet whooper swans and as you know their parents as a rule don't like me ! Very well taken, can't wait to see the rest of the series. smile

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EJWilkins: I hope they'll be worth the wait .. and I hope you like the picture I took today, for tomorrow (3rd May) wink
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 2 May 2007, 01:03
We wait in anticipation Ellie. Looks like you got you're camera back in time.
EJWilkins: Yes I did, thank goodness. I was glad I had it with me today too, saw something else rather special that I loaded up as soon as I could. It's on tomorrow's blog (3rd May) smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 May 2007, 01:04
Hi Ellie. Looks like your perseverence paid off, cos you have the bird as sharp as can be. Excellent picture, and good to see a swan not on the water for a change.
So far as I know, there are no swans in Thailand.
EJWilkins: I didn't know that Ray, I thought they were just about everywhere.
Well done. It's so unstaged and serene. I hope we'll see your cygnets. Good luck.
EJWilkins: Keep your fingers crossed wink
I got some swan shots last week on my vacation and will put some up soon. This is very nice, with the swan on a nest.
Ellie, this is so nice to see! I hope you get pictures of the babies when they hatch. I found a couple goose nests on Sunday and took pictures I will be posting soon. I am excited to see the little ones there too!
  • mal
  • 2 May 2007, 06:55
it's a majestic creature Ellie, I bet that you are doing a series of this one? lovely shot. mal
Agree with Mal and... you've got good eyes Ellie !! smile
I am really feeling this image. Nice
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 May 2007, 11:03
OK Ellie, I am waiting with you. Leaves and bushes can be bothersome with birds like in this case. Most of the time I use manual focus in cases like this.
nice capture of him in his natural habitat
  • xavi
  • barcelona
  • 2 May 2007, 12:28
que bonito...da la impresión q se encuentra en su nido, incubando a sus hijos
Nice photo Ellie
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 2 May 2007, 14:35
I am very familiar with how protective the Daddy can be at times like this, Ellie. Your perseverance will definitely pay off, however. Like this lovely capture, I'm quite sure you'll keep the series going. smile
EJWilkins: It's funny, the male doesn't seem too bothered by people although he always seems to keep an eye on us, he does not like dogs though. I saw him have a go at one this afternoon, a large dog too .. learned to keep away from large white birds!
Keep your fingers crossed that I'll get there the right day Ginnie.
Went over there today and saw a brand new youngster, you'll see it tomorrow 3rd May wink
  • Suby
  • UK, Milton Keynes
  • 2 May 2007, 17:14
It is a beautiful capture.

Suby
EJWilkins: Thank you Suby smile
I really like the subtle light and shadow and hint of concealment with the softly focused foreground, the green of the foliage and white of the swan work perfectly together too. And the sense of waiting... Lovely image Ellie.
Go careful in all that undergrowth Ellie wink
EJWilkins: I will Chris. It's been so dry that the ground is quite easy to walk on and, honestly, the nest is quite easy to see although it would be easier from the nearest bank if the willows had chosen not to have any leaves this year! wink
Good job taking the pic through all the branches - I think I have some pics of really sharp trees and branches and leaf with birds nicely DOFed out in the back- or foreground grin

I also like that you have captured the Swan in a little different way than a lot of swan pics...
EJWilkins: grin I've got some like that too, wonderful branches and a white blur in the background. It's always worse when there's a breeze!
very graceful looking and sad...
Es curioso fotografiar a los cisnes en el bosque. Normalmente estamos acostumbrados a verlos en los estanques... Me gusta éste punto de vista.

He is peculiar to photograph to the swans in the forest. Normally we are customary to see them in the poolsÂ… I like this one point of view. [Google, how it could not be of another wayÂ… ohhh] Thanks for your support with Louis!
Beautiful shot.
This is a so nice bird !!

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