Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 330 - Mute Swan

I think it's the common birds I miss the most from the UK.  The everyday birds.  The backyard birds.

I never had Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) in my backyard, but as a keen angler they were a (more or less) everyday bird.

These Swans were taken at various locations on the Somerset Levels around Glastonbury. For all that I enjoyed my time 'on the Levels' the light was often difficult and the birds rather distant.  I was a relief to find some that were just a little larger!









I rather like the symmetry of the last image.

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22 comments:

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Elegance plus... YAM xx

Missy George said...

Beautiful! I love the spread wings. Great catch. Happy Thanksgiving. Do you do Thanksgiving? Enjoy your day anyway.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Every portrait is beautiful. I do like the female with the symmetrical wake behind her. And especially love th fluttering wing ones.

Missy George said...

I will try to remember to link up with my birdies tomorrow...;)

Chris Rohrer said...

I think these swans are divine! So do the golf courses here:)

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

They are such graceful birds!

Margaret Adamson said...

I particularly like the 5th and last images Stewart and thank you for hosting. Have a good week ahead.

Rhodesia said...

I should be seeing swans very soon we have a long spell over Christmas and New Year caring for FIL in the UK. Lovely photos of beautiful birds. Have a good week Diane

Nathalie SANTA MARIA said...

Common birds are beautiful birds, however. These swans are beautiful.

David Gascoigne said...

Mute Swan is a very handsome bird and we have a substantial population in Ontario. They are not always popular, however, since they are aggressive towards native species, and they can prevent other waterfowl from nesting. In Maryland, USA, a few years ago they had a total cull of all the Mute Swans there.

Marie Smith said...

Some great photos of the extended wings!

TheChieftess said...

Beautiful swans! I love their wings out and ready to fly...or just stretching!

Emma said...

Very nice! I saw some near Verona in Italy before I was a birder. It seemed surreal to see them in real life!

Gayle said...

Your persistence paid off. Beautiful captures of a beautiful bird.

Anu said...

Hello Stewart. Great photos. Mute swans are big and very temperamental birds.

Nora said...

I love to see the Mute Swans! We have so few of them here now. Great Photos!

Linda said...

Love the shots with the raised wings!

Lady Fi said...

Fabulous!!

NatureFootstep said...

one of my favorite birds. We have quite a lot of them but they seem to stay out of peoples way. It is hard to get close to them these days.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...


I understand mute swans aren't mute...and shoveler ducks cant shovel, given a ten minute howto video

Lea said...

Beautiful!

Marie Smith said...

Beauties, as usual!