Friday, May 6, 2011

Mute Swan

The first thing I came upon when I reached the shore of Lac de Neuchatel for the first time were people feeding these Mute Swans. They slowly waddled up the sand to meet the people as they most likely do daily. What a change being able to see these large birds so close compared to the distant views I'm used to seeing of Tundra Swans around here.
The Swans where everywhere on the lake and they weren't very weary of people. They swam slowly and eloquently on the water striking gorgeous poses. Occasionally they would hold their wings slightly above their bodies as they swam as seen in the images above. Known as busking, it is evidently a threat display, mainly shown by males but also females to a small extent.

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