The gift of life by helenhall

The gift of life

Never to be taken for granted - these two cygnets are on their way to becoming elegant swans.

They cheered me up as I spotted them along the river shortly after checking on the nest that I have been watching for some time but noticed was looking abandoned. Sure enough, two eggs were still in the nest, but not a swan in sight. She must have given up.

A couple of years ago I watched her in the same predicament, and although a couple of her eggs did hatch, the young ones appeared not to survive.

She nests is such a vulnerable position at the rivers edge, and a kind and caring person this year had woven a natural fence of wood and grasses to give her some protection. It is sad to see all that effort to no avail.
Delightful capture
June 23rd, 2019  
Great story and tender photo. Fav
June 23rd, 2019  
Awww, they are so sweet........I wish them all the luck in the world for the future.
June 23rd, 2019  
Nice shot- might work even better in black and white bringing out the details of their feathers and the drops of water. Nature is sometimes hard to fathom. I'm not sure how the mothers know that there is something wrong with the eggs, but I've seen that happen. I don't think the barrier efforts will go unused- the next time she nests might be the time that works. Beautiful shot.
June 23rd, 2019  
Sad story but lovely shot of these two cuties
June 23rd, 2019  
@olivetreeann thank you Ann for your comments and suggestion. I tried in black and white just now .. marginal improvement ...but I really need to go back to the beginning with this one because I think it got a blue filter added by mistake in Bridge. And it is really bugging me. The beaks aren't sharp enough … so probably not worth the effort on this one.
June 23rd, 2019  
A beautiful shot of these lovely cygnets and so nice to know that at least half of the little ones are getting on well Fav
June 23rd, 2019  
Sweet, ours don’t always survive either.
June 23rd, 2019  
@helenhall I hadn't really noticed the blue tint until you mentioned it just now- that will effect the black and white conversion. I assume you are using Light Room or Photo Shop and I don't have that so I couldn't help with the technique. I guess the shot could go in a "rainy day" file for a day when you feel like playing with it- but for now, it's fine the way it is!
June 23rd, 2019  
glad these made it though
June 23rd, 2019  
Sweet new life...precious! fav.
June 23rd, 2019  
So pretty!
June 24th, 2019  
so sweet
June 24th, 2019  
Aw they are so sweet but vulnerable. Hope they survive
June 24th, 2019  
Beautiful shot!
June 24th, 2019  
Such a beautiful sight to see
June 24th, 2019  
An adorable 🐣 capture. Fav!! 😀
June 24th, 2019  
So lovely Helen.
June 24th, 2019  
@olivetreeann Ann, I was using Bridge and Photoshop. In bridge, there is a setting which puts a colour filter on that sometimes catches me out when I don't know it is still there. You are right, a "rainy day" project.
June 24th, 2019  
So beautiful. I do hope these at least, survive.
June 24th, 2019  
Nature is harsh, despite of all this wonderful swimming fluffiness!
June 25th, 2019  
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