E.J.Wilkins

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Swans and cygnets

Taken late evening a couple of days ago. They've grown!

The cygnets are now about the same size as an average Mallard. The picture shows them with Mum, taking a nap on the bank of the 'pond' where they live. The male was standing guard a few yards to the right.

There are still seven cygnets.

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Swans and cygnets

Taken late evening a couple of days ago. They've grown!

The cygnets are now about the same size as an average Mallard. The picture shows them with Mum, taking a nap on the bank of the 'pond' where they live. The male was standing guard a few yards to the right.

There are still seven cygnets.

.....
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comments (25)

  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 8 Jun 2007, 00:32
Does that tiny space between them and their mum hint at the beginnings of independence, perhaps? Despite having grown noticeable, they still have that Ahhhhhh factor.
EJWilkins: I watched her settle for a nap, she chose where to sit and I think it was more to do with keeping close enough to worry predators. They've got a fair bit of growing to do yet, if I think about last year's young they stick close to Mum and Dad until they are sent away, when parents start nesting in the Spring.
Ellie you set the mood just about right with this. Wish they were mine.
EJWilkins: You'd need a big lake wink
It looks like all seven made it this far. Surely they are too big to be eaten by pikes now.
EJWilkins: Last year they lost a couple when they were bigger than this, but I think you're right about the fish not really being a problem any more.
A snuggly nap. That's precious.
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
Eiii ! Volvemos con nuestra gran familia de cisnes!! Ahora es la hora de la "siesta". Has hecho un gran trabajo de seguimiento, Ellie. smile

Eiii! We return with our great family of swans! Now it is the hour of the "siesta". You have made a great work of pursuit, Ellie. smile
EJWilkins: Thank you so much Jose smile Gracias tanto Jose
So glad you're keeping us up to date. The ten, day-old teal in my pond have disappeared. So has mama. I'd say a fox got the nest. There is nowhere for them to go, as babes that young can't fly. It's a mystery.
EJWilkins: Oh that's such a pity, foxes are a huge problem when the little ones start wandering. sad
aww so sweet, cool cool capture.
EJWilkins: Glad you like it Dotun, thanks smile
  • Kay
  • Portland
  • 8 Jun 2007, 02:33
What a cute picture, Ellie! Those cygnets are very sweet!
EJWilkins: Incredibly fluffy, aren't they smile
El, we have a problem up here. A lot of the signets and goslings have gone missing. Now me I'm not one to gossip or spread rumors but the people up here think that the influx of eastern europeans are to blame. Me I don't think that at all because I found a few goslings in places that you won't normally find them and I'll post those in due course. I love watching them grow and I think I'm going to follow yours because mine are on walk about.
EJWilkins: Really? Gosh, I'm quite shocked by that, but different cultures and a lack of knowledge of the way we do things here could well be the reason. I've heard of it happening elsewhere too, same with fishing, can't understand the principle of returning the catch for somebody else to enjoy. sad
Look forward to seeing your gosling pictures
sooo cute! smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Iain smile
Theay all sleep on the same way ! Lovely !
EJWilkins: It does look like that doesn't it? Thanks Florence smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Jun 2007, 06:50
Funny how I start to count when I read the statement. Great composition. This could be called a nappy picture. Thanks for the progress report.
EJWilkins: I absolutely knew somebody would count them, and this was the only picture I managed to get that clearly showed all seven cygnets, that were countable wink
  • Helen
  • 8 Jun 2007, 07:22
Little fuzz puffs! How adorable. NIcce shot.
EJWilkins: A prefect description smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 8 Jun 2007, 09:49
Thank you, indeed, Ellie, for keeping us up on this journey. The whole scene is adorable!
EJWilkins: It was the only one where they were 'countable'! Wouldn't it be nice, just once, to be able to stage manage a picture like this wink
Very sweet picture Ellie...and lovely composition.
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Jun 2007, 10:01
brillant posting, Ellie. I am enjoying this series immensely.
EJWilkins: Thanks Ray, I'm glad you are, it makes it worth it smile
Another lovely capture Ellie - these chaps are certainly growing up!
EJWilkins: I was so surprised to see how much bigger they were in just a week! AMazing isn't it?
ohhhhhhh...sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!
EJWilkins: Thanks Nicola grin
  • alex
  • 8 Jun 2007, 17:49
very sweet, one of the more peaceful shots i've seen. very cute. i can't believe their necks are so bendy! they look like floppy hoses when they aren't holding them up. smile
EJWilkins: Brilliant description of their necks ... you should see them when they clean their neck feathers wink
The feathers will change soon Ellie.
EJWilkins: I think you're right, in a few weeks they'll start getting their adult feathers.
What a lovely family group. All the best, Dave
EJWilkins: Glad you like it Dave, thanks smile
And all sleeping - cannot imagine trying to get 7 children off to sleep at the same time! Great shot and quite risky too. Mike
EJWilkins: Ah well, the trick is this .. take them for half a mile swim, teach them to stretch their necks downwards into the water to get their food from the bottom of the lake, and then tell them to clean themselves when they get out of the water. They only sleep for about five to ten minutes, it's unbelievable how 'busy' they are!
I like your swans - I want more PLEASE smile
Nice family snap smile
I had to come and try to find more of these shots..look how beautiful and peaceful this picture is. Lovely job..just awesome!

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