Sunday, 26 October 2014

A Regal character .....

This Cob Mute Swan came over to take a good look at me giving the opportunity for a more than full frame image.

They really are magnificent 

The eye contact in the image is excellent.

He has a lot of gravitas and presence that almost shouts out his confidence in his position as the dominant elder of the water residing bird population at the Gravel pits.

When nesting they are very territorial and aggressive yet outside the breeding season they seem to be far more tolerant of their peers.

A quick recent head count at the reserve came to a total of
twenty seven individuals quite densely grouped in a fairly harmonious  manner.

The landscape of our inland water bodies would not be the same without them. 



  1. Great images, is it just me or is the Swan in the top image looking a bit menacing :-)

  2. Thanks Douglas ..... well I didn't think it was a good idea to try and stroke his head !