More Baby Swans...now 8 days old!

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I returned to Lake Katherine to photograph the baby swans yesterday. At this point, the cygnets were 8 days old. While I was there, I captured some photograph of other birds--a Canada goose and a mallard duck.

1- It is quite challenging to isolate a cygnet in a photograph. It is rare for one to wander any distance from the others. But, an opportunity for this picture finally presented itself after about an hour into the photo session!

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2- There are six cygnets in total...and one unhatched egg in the nest. Fortunately, all six were still alive yesterday. It isn't unusual for a few to fall to a predator in this early stages of life. I'm told the turtles are one of the main predators at Lake Katherine.

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3- This is the cob, or male mute swan. His wing span is about 8 feet. He is quite intimidating and aggressively chases away nearly anything that approaches--geese, people and even small dogs. He was fine with me as long as I stayed ten feet or more away and low to the ground.

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4- The pen, or female mute swan, stayed still for long enough for me to capture a detailed image of her feathers.

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5- I'm not a fan of the Canada geese as they can be a real nuisance in our neighborhoods. But, I like the background enough to take this portrait.

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6- I noticed that the baby swans are already bigger than they were when I visited last (when they were 5 days old). This seemed most noticeable in that their necks appeared a bit longer.

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7- A male mallard duck

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8- I will have to spend a lot more time with these swans to capture a suitable family portrait. No matter how long I waited, the 8 of them would just not all look into the camera at once!

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I really enjoyed spending time out at this lake with the swans...especially during the coronavirus restrictions that we are under here in the state of Illinois.

Thanks again for looking...
Glenn
 
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wow i really enjoyed these beautiful photos
 

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Great set, Glenn. And that first one is the perfect intro to it.
 

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Beautiful photos! They’re adorable. Our local swans have two that hatched over the weekend and 4 more eggs (as best we can tell with a long lens). Last year 5 of 6 survived to hatch but 2 were later lost before maturing. We all watch every year - counting and recounting, hoping for the best. There are some very large turtles that share the pond and they are the likely villains if one goes suddenly missing.
 

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