Swanning around by shepherdman

Swanning around

The local wildlife pond has a resident pair of swans, present throughout most of the year, and they were there to welcome us back to the tame British countryside after our Rockies trip. Every year they construct a new nest, usually taking the sensible approach of building on the reed bed that juts out into the water, stable enough for raising a family, but any dog that gets a bit too inquisitive will find itself up to its chest in muddy water, not a particularly advantageous position while being harangued by a couple of defensive swans. On some years the Swans decide on a livelier and vibrant location, where the maturing cygnets can watch the world go by from the path-side nest on the edge of the pond. During these years signs are erected requesting that dog walkers take the alternative path around the pond to avoid the nesting birds.
When the wildlife pond floods, as it does at least once or twice every winter, when water flows from the upstream field upstream and through pond, before continuing down the valley, the resident pair of swans are displaced. They don’t get swept downstream, as you may expect. Instead they head upstream, and for several weeks in winter we’ll come across the swans unexpectedly on one of our other walking routes that take us alongside the river further up from the area that floods.
Beautiful shot!
November 8th, 2014  
Lovely shot and interesting information about 'your' swans.
November 8th, 2014  
Gorgeous capture fav!
November 8th, 2014  
Lovely shot Hubby.
November 8th, 2014  
Beautifully composed - and I love the quality of the reflection
November 8th, 2014  
Fantastic shot... so graceful... and fantastic reflection..
November 8th, 2014  
Lovely shot and reflection
November 8th, 2014  
Lovely peaceful scene and wonderful still water for the reflection!
November 8th, 2014  
This is a great reflection shot! Very nice
November 8th, 2014  
A wonderfully peaceful ambience :)
November 8th, 2014  
Love the reflections
November 8th, 2014  
I wish we had swans here. They are so pretty!!! Lovely capture and great info! Fav!
November 8th, 2014  
Stunning capture :)
November 8th, 2014  
wonderful reflection.
November 8th, 2014  
I thinkk Swans are wonderful and how lovely that you have a pair as permanent residents nearby.
November 8th, 2014  
Lovely shot catching the whole reflection - beautiful light. The history of the swans in this area is fascinating. Glad they work to try to protect them.
November 8th, 2014  
Beautiful photo of a beautiful swan. They are just so stunning. Love the reflection.
November 8th, 2014  
Love the simplicity.
November 9th, 2014  
Really lovely.
November 9th, 2014  
Stunning composition! Very peaceful scene
November 9th, 2014  
Superb image and great reflection!
November 9th, 2014  
Good refection
November 9th, 2014  
Lovely reflection
November 10th, 2014  
Good shot!!
November 13th, 2014  
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