Sunday, 4 January 2015

Swan Amour

A pair of mating Mute Swans
As recorded on the 2nd of January which is by far the earliest in year I have observed this activity.
Early in the morning (well early for me anyway) I noticed this pair in a quiet corner of the largest lake in the Parkland. With much dipping of heads underwater it was obvious what was about to occur.

Canon 70D. 400mm lens. 1/500 at f8. ISO400


400mm. 1/500 at f8. ISO500













34 comments:

  1. I've never seen swans mating before, but it's not surprising they look just like my old white ducks doing it, just longer necks. :-) Looks like they had a splash around and clean after, too! Fab images - don't they look so romantic in the before photos.
    Like the ice patterns in the previous post too. :-)

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    1. Thanks Mandy. Yes they certainly have a good clean up afterwards.{:))

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  2. Wonderful photos of the swans. Have a peaceful Sunday!

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  3. Hi Roy! It is pretty early, although I have seen Mallards, Gadwall and even a few Wigeon in the throws of courtship so far this year. No mating though!
    J
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    1. Hi John, yes I have seen a few Mallards at it.

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  4. Quel moment magique Roy, je me mets à rêver avec eux !
    Bravo :)

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  5. Lovely images Roy, how great to witness this event..
    Amanda xx

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  6. How wonderful Roy to have witness this event and to get it on these images.

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  7. Hi Roy, Happy New Year to you and your family. Lovely images of the swans. I love the images of your stonechats.

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    1. Thanks Lyn, Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  8. curiously I saw some Swans mating yesterday (forgot to mention it on the blog!) Nice capture.... is that blue sky?? :)

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    1. Thanks Pete.
      The first shots they were positioned in a shaded area with the low sun coming through the trees. Then they moved out to the middle of the lake. It was a clear cold morning with wall to wall blue sky.

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  9. How beautiful this pair is, and how fortunate you were to capture them in moments of passion!

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    1. I was lucky on this occasion Susan.

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  10. What beautiful images Roy, and I love the morning sunlight on their white feathers.

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  11. Sensional cómo has captado este juego de amor entre ambos, la serie es muy buena

    Saludos

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  12. Hey Roy...Beautiful birds and wonderful photo's . She must be a real stud-muffin ; )

    Grace

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  13. What a nice series is this. The swans dance I've never seen that. Great that you could capture this Roy!

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  14. What amazing behavior to witness! Love the photos!

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  15. Nothing short of amazing, well captured.

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