Sep 1, 2009

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Swan

My fieldwork season is coming to its stressful end - a new Watery Wednesday coming up, and I haven't even managed to visit last weeks entries...
I'm spending many hours in the river each day, and then some in the lab. Tomorrow I will finish the experiment in a long mad day of sampling, freezing and starting some analysis. Meanwhile I'm looking forward to a last encounter with Mr and Mrs Swan and their eight rather grown-up cygnets. I've met them every day on their way to their preening grounds - annoyingly just upstream of my experiment. I hate peeling their feathers away from my flumes each day. Needless to say that they hate me, too. You can probably tell from Mrs Swans suspicious ogle in my direction:



Just after taking this snap of them I felt very much like hastening towards the bank...I'm not really up to facing 10 hissing swans towering over me whilst I'm submerged up to my middle in the river.

Back to Watery Wednesday, hosted by 2Sweet'n'Saxy.

17 comments:

J's mum said...

I love your swan photo's just loooks like a family swan outing, good shot, thanks for the comments on my blog, although I am going to have to change my blog to life in England soon as we decided this week to move back to the UK, could be interesting lol.

Nicky in New Zealand

Ellie said...

Who said they are ugly ducklings :) Swans are beautiful - but you really caught a photogenic bunch! So much harmony in this group of gorgeous birds!

Tammie Lee said...

Lovely creatures and lovely photo, so glad you escaped the hissing.
Spirithelpers

Carletta said...

A great perspective!
Lovely image.

luna miranda said...

oh my, what a sweet, wonderful photo! i love it!

Regina said...

How lovely! Love it.

Paula said...

It's a very beautiful photograph.

kaye said...

I'm glad you were brave enough to get the shot

Kitty said...

They're probably concerned that you're about to take up residence on their river! But I agree - swans are quite scary especially that angry hissing noise they make.

Vita Stunder said...

Great shot Bim!

Coffeedoff said...

Lovely photo! Great swan family

Guy D said...

Brilliant capture of the swans, I adore this photo.

Cheers
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Dimple said...

Great photo, right at eye level with that bird. I don't blame you for wanting to retreat!

Creative Mish said...

Wow! what a great capture of the swans!

Arija said...

Wonderful shot and amazing that they raised 8 cygnets. Without fear and by turning your back on them you stand in no danger.Most wild things as welll as grazing farm animals do not like eye contact.
Glad you got the photo though.

naomijane said...

the pic is great...u have captured a true beauty...

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