Swans Protected by the Queen's charter as they are considered as an endangered species. These birds belong to the Crown under an ancient charter and the queen has the prerogative right of ownership for all the mute swans in England and Wales.
Swans feed in the water and on land. They are almost entirely herbivorous, although they may eat small amounts of aquatic animals. In the water food is obtained by up-ending or dabbling, and their diet is composed of the roots, tubers, stems and leaves of aquatic and submerged plants.
Although swans only reach sexual maturity between 4 and 7 years of age, they can form socially monogamous pair bonds from as early as 20 months that last for many years, and in some cases these can last for life. The lifespan of the Mute Swan is often over 10 years, and sometimes over 20, whereas the Black-necked Swan survives for less than a decade in captivity. These bonds are maintained year round, even in gregarious and migratory species like the Tundra Swan, which congregate in large flocks in the wintering grounds. The nest is on the ground near water and about a metre across. Unlike many other ducks and geese the male helps with the nest construction. Average egg size (for the mute swan) is 113×74 mm, weighing 340 g, in a clutch size of 4 to 7, and an incubation period of 34–45 days. With the exception of the whistling ducks they are the only anatids where the males aid in incubating the eggs.
Mute swan threatens a photographer in Toyako, Japan
Swans are known to aggressively protect their nests. One man was suspected to have drowned in such an attack. Info Wiki.
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emka (102531) 2014-01-17 23:39
hello Iain, Usually we show swans on the lakes. Here you caught them in flight. good timing, nice view.
Warm regrads Malgo
serp2000 (45046) 2014-01-18 6:29
I've got the 7D too ;) Good choice! Some noisy but excellent and great timing shot. The note is very interesting and very informative, good composition.
Have a great weekend!
abmdsudi (56298) 2014-01-18 8:08
A beautiful natural photo of this magnificent birds in full flight well timed shot frozen to perfection. You managed to get a good detail as the sunshine brightens up and pick out some of the colours while darker foreground accentuates its contrast perfectly. Impeccably presented, Congrats
Cricri (122473) 2014-01-18 10:52
Si peu de point pour cette capture magnifique de ces trois cygnes en plein vol
grâce et bonté de ces merveilleux oiseaux blanc, contraste des plus beaux des couleurs et de la lumière
mcmtanyel (25584) 2014-01-18 21:42
I am intrigued by the sharpness with which you captured these graceful birds. You have positioned them appropriately, giving them space to fly into. The uncomplicated layers of colors act as an excellent background.
COSTANTINO (67274) 2014-01-18 23:10
beautiful capture of the swans creating
a peaceful and dynamic atmosphere
nice timing for your shot taking
all those swans flying
your notes are very interesting too
daddo (27264) 2014-01-19 0:42
Hi Iain. Not only do they look elegant on the water but also in the air. especially against such a lovely setting and in such a flattering light. Wasn't swan part of the royal menu once?Regards. Klaudio.
Didi (60590) 2014-01-21 3:49
It's a very good decisive moment, not simple to catch this scene
Good sharp picture
ikeharel (74733) 2014-01-22 8:22
Unusual to see swans in flight, Iain, at least for me - never saw one flying.
Fabulous shining white in great mid-air catch.