Thursday, November 3, 2011

The gathering

The Swans are gathering together before heading south.

Swan gathering

We headed out last Sunday afternoon to get some supplies for the “Train project”  ..Far Guy pulled over at the public access at Sivertson Lake so I could take some photos. 

swans

There were many pairs on the lake.  They stay near each other.

two swans

They must draw comfort and support from their mates. These two have it covered..between the two of them they can see all around.  They “have each others backs.”

The Swans were silent until we let Chance out for a walk.  The warning calls went on down the lake..from one pair to another..until they were all alert and watching.  Of course Chance is not a threat..but the Swans don’t know that.

Soon the lakes will be frozen..and the Swans will have gone south.  They will return in the Spring..in groups and then one day they will break off from the group to find their own private lake to raise their young.  So the circle continues..the gatherings in the Spring and the Fall must be like a family reunion:)

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30 comments:

  1. What a beautiful picture of the pair. We have no swans, you are very fortunate.

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  2. Great photos. Swans have the right idea - I should be heading south, but I have another cold Yorkshire winter ahead of me. Perhaps it's as well - my wings are not as agile as they used to be.

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  3. I am comforted by the thought they come back and begin anew each year. You have such pretty pictures and surely must live in an idyllic place

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  4. Wonderful photos. We have swans here as well , but these swans are protected they are the Tundra Swans and there is a count of them every year as there is of every bird breed. Have a wonderful day .

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  5. It's a beautiful world where swans court and mate. That picture of the pair of them is stunning. I also love your new header or did I already tell you that?

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  6. What a splendid scene! What a treat to be able to see these while out and about, even for a little bit. We have had maybe about ten sightings over all the years here, it is always only one, maybe two, after a big storm. Then they are quickly gone.

    Anna now lives where the west coast Trumpeter and Tundra swans and Snow geese come and winter. Huge flocks in the fields. It is amazing.

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  7. I just adore the beauty of the swan pairs but more than that is the fact that they do truly have each others backs!!!

    We humans might take a lesson or two from these extraordinary creatures.

    Your picture is fantastic Miss Connie.

    Have a blessed and cozy day sweetie, the cold winds are sure blowin' here today!!!

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  8. Swans are so beautiful! Anna gets lots this time of the year up where she lives. It's a real treat when they stop by here for visit.

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  9. Beautiful pictures. I like to think as humans, we have each others backs too.

    I'm thinking heading south is not such a bad idea on this cold, rainy morning.

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  10. Those look like trumpeter swans--one of my very favorite birds. So large yet so elegant. Some migrate and some spend the whole winter in the icy snow country with us.

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  11. Beautiful beautiful photos. I adore the swans- an incredible picture. I just love nature. They DO have each other's backs. I just love it.

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  12. Your Far Guy need to talk to my Guy here about stopping for photo ops instead of me doing drive by shootings. I missed both the swans and the sandhills this year.....didn't see a one. Great shots.

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  13. Recognize the pictures in your new header...nice...

    We have Canada geese here...they like the lake until they head south for better feeding grounds...so many there yesterday that they made really loud wonderful noises...

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  14. Such gorgeous pictures - especially that last one.

    We still have the swans on our lake.

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  15. Pretty pictures and I'm glad you three are having these afternoon trips together. I enjoy you sharing your photos with us.

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  16. They are just beautiful. Love the shot of the pair. :)

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  17. I wished we had more swans in Iowa. They are raising them near Ames and they seem to migrate and return now.

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  18. I wished we had more swans in Iowa. They are raising them near Ames and they seem to migrate and return now.

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  19. I love the shot of the pair. I have never seen swans in the wild in WI. One fall, we did see pairs of loons reunite on the lake before their flight south. Nature is amazing, isn't it?

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  20. The swans are so elegant looking. I am surprised they haven't gone south yet.

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  21. How beautiful! They look so graceful and elegant. I hear they can be very mean, though.
    I haven't seen swans in the wild since I was a little kid. We used to live near a small creek that was dammed and the swans would collect there.

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  22. There are still afew swans arounf here but we didn't see many this year.

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  23. Gosh...that are so beautiful. How far south do they go?

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  24. Great picture of the swans. They look so regal. I know they can be grouchy too. My sister and BIL have been chased by them for getting too near in their Kayaks. I think they must have surprised each other!

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  25. Tami, The Swans go where ever there is open water. Monticello Minnesota is a favorite spot..the water is open there along the Mississippi because of the Nuclear Power Plant..a wonderful person feeds them there every day from mid November til they leave in the spring. They say there are hundred of swans that winter there:)

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  26. Great pics but it sure looks like cold weather there! I love the photo of the two together.

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  27. Those are so beautiful! We do not have swans here, how I wish we did!

    Linda
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