Saturday, December 27, 2014

MUTE SWAN FAMILY

I have already done a post on a Mute Swan and today I am sharing its family.  


The male and the female birds, the cob and pen, usually attempt to mate for life, though if something happens to one the other will find another mate.  


The nest is a huge mound of material, normally dried grasses and assorted vegetation, sticks and rushes, constructed at the water's edge. 


The nest is built by the female, while the male supplies the materials. 


The female lays up to seven eggs between late April and early May. Both sexes incubate the eggs, which hatch after 35-41 days. 


The young birds, or cygnets, sometimes ride on their parents' backs and remain with the adult birds for four or five months. 


Cygnets are generally dingy brown above and whitish below.  Occasionally, cygnets may be all white and are known as 'Polish swans'. 


The young of some pairs are driven off the breeding territory as soon as their plumage is predominantly white (during late autumn or winter). 


Other broods often accompany their parents to the wintering area, and usually join a large flock in which they remain when the parents return to their breeding territory. 


Young birds will not generally breed for the first two years of adult life.


The oldest ringed wild mute swan was 15 years old.







Mom and Dad were doing a great job of taking care of their little ones.


We saw our mute swan family on our last vacation, and were on our way to the airport for our flight home.  







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49 comments:

Ginny said...

They are so cute! And still rather downy I don't think I have ever seen any at this age. The poppy and ivy around the blue framed window are awesome!! I see you have one picture for each month, that is cool!

William Kendall said...

They are such beautiful birds! You've captured that wonderfully in these shots.

TexWisGirl said...

they're so darn cute! :)

Red said...

You've given an excellent description of swans and the pictures put the icing on the cake.

Mimsie said...

I do so love the white swans; they are so different to our black swans and yet many of their habits are identical. In a town 60 miles north-east of Perth (Northam) there are white swans which were introduced to W.A. many years ago. They have thrived and I remember some years back sitting on the bank of the Avon River and admiring those beautiful white swans who also had some youngsters with them. Thank you for sharing so many beautiful pictures.
My wishes to both of you for the New Year. May it prove to bring you happiness and good health and lots of fun too of course.

Debbie said...

This is always so exciting to watch!! Your images are just breathtaking, it's so nice to see so many of the little ones flourishing!!

Elephant's Child said...

I loved your swan family - thank you.

Linda said...

I love this post, Denise, how gorgeous is this family of swans!!!

Mama Zen said...

These are just beautiful!

Kay said...

These are such captivating photos of the elegant birds. The cygnets will become elegant as they grow older, but they're still cute.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

They are one of the most graceful and elegant of the bird family and these images are exquisite Denise. And it's quite amazing how many birds do mate for life, my curlews do too!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous photos of the swan family. I love seeing them. The cygnets are so cute when they're small and fluffy. Have a peaceful Sunday.

diane b said...

A lovely post with interesting info. Great shots of the drips of water on the beaks.

Phil Slade said...

Your Mute Swan family pictures are making me think of Spring, especially since we are now past the shortest day. Hooray!

orvokki said...

Great photos of swan babies. And I love your calender of 2014.
Hugs

eileeninmd said...

Denise, wonderful series on the Mute Swan family.. They are all beautiful birds, young and old.. Happy Sunday! I wish you and your family a very Happy & Healthy New Year!

EG CameraGirl said...

Sweet family photos, Denise!

KaHolly said...

I learned a lot from your post, thanks! Swans are so beautiful. Whenever I visit Mass., I see a pair in a nearby pond. Year after year after year. Enjoy your day today!!

Keskeneräinen said...

This is an interesting post, and the photos are beautiful!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Lovely photos of this beautiful family.

Anni said...

What a phenomenal array of swan photos! I'm so jealous!!!! lol

Thanks for coming over and sharing your link at I'd Rather B Birdin'

gigihawaii said...

Lovely photos. You sure do enjoy taking pictures. Your joy shows.

Karen S. said...

I just adore these faces! Lovely captures, lucky day for you to share in all their fun in the water and sun.

Felicia said...

swans are so pretty and graceful.

Adam said...

nice swans

Cloudia said...

These photos you created fill me with wonder! Thank you so much for sharing them, D



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bettyl-NZ said...

What a charming family! Thanks for the info on them. Your photos are really awesome!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful family portraits! Swans are so beautiful.

Michelle said...

A lovely family.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I enjoyed the info on the swans and was going to ask if they are territorial, but answered that in the post.
Your year in review shows interesting places and critters. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.
Best wishes for 2015!

Stephanie said...

Love the close up shots.

Laura said...

Oh Denise, what a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro… wishing you a happy, healthy, peaceful New Year:-)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a beautiful mosaic! And I love the swans. We have them here in Florida but I haven't seen the babies...how sweet! Happy New Year!

moois van me said...

I <3 swans!

Cathy Keller said...

Such a beautiful post!! Wishing you well and Happy New Year!! Cathy

pattisjarrett said...

Nice shots and info. The cygnets are adorable!

Cher' Shots said...

Wonderful pics of the swans. I love swans.

Linda said...

Excellent post! What beautiful birds!

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

This was fun to see and learn about swan families...

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

They are so beautiful! Lots to learn!

Margaret Adamson said...

These are so beautiful and you series of shots and text is marvellous. May I wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Marie said...

They are wonderful! Great photos and such great info!

Irma said...

Beautiful images of mute swans.
Perfect photographed, my compliments.
I wish you and all your loved ones a very happy and healthy 2015.
Best regards, Irma

Chris Rohrer said...

I think these swans are beautiful. In some parts of the US, they are seen as invasive. But no matter what, they are beautiful birds! Hope the family does well! Happy New Year!

Hannah said...

The adults are so graceful and elegant, it's great to see them being such good parents. The cygnets are so adorable, I like the brown outline of their little wings on their backs. The blue luster on their bills is pretty too. Thanks for all the info on them too.

Rambling Woods said...

Lovely series Denise. They are such good parents to their young and so graceful... Michelle

NatureFootstep said...

the most beautiful swan there is I think :)

David Gascoigne said...

It's not hard to appreciate why it is the royal swan. If I were even half as elegant I would be happy!