Warning.... Do Not Disturb A Mother In Waiting!! - Black Swan - NZ by AndreaEL
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A male swan displaying his protective instincts while his mate was sitting on her nest. He meant business if we came any closer.
There are seven species of swans in the world, all pure white except for the Australian black swan and the South American black-necked swan.
Warning…. Do Not Disturb A Mother In Waiting!!

The black swan was introduced as a game bird from Australia to New Zealand in the 1860s but also probably reached here naturally at about the same time as the population grew and spread very rapidly. They are probably still arriving here from Australia naturally so should be classified as a native bird. The Heather and Robertson field guide says that “by the 1960s, there were well over 100,000 birds in New Zealand with 70,000 on Lake Ellesmere alone. However, the 1968 Wahine storm destroyed most of the feeding habitat at Lake Ellesmere and the population there crashed to 10,000 birds, never to quite recover.” The Fish and Game council offers another view of its sudden decline, saying that from the 1970s on farm silt run-off killed the water plants that swan depend on. Starving birds began to eat grass, leading to culls in which many thousands of the birds were killed until their numbers adapted to their impoverished circumstances.
http://www.nzbirds.com/birds/blackswan.html
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Jan. 2012 Maple Glen Gardens Southland New Zealand
Warning…. Do Not Disturb A Mother In Waiting!!

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

    Nesting Swan

  • swaby
    swabyover 2 years ago

    Great capture Andrea!

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful kind comment Tina, always much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago

    they are very protective, nice shots xx

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful kind comment Lynn, always much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 2 years ago

    Magnificent shot, Andrea

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful kind comment Angie, always much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejover 2 years ago

    terrific shot!

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful kind comment Linda, always much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    Great capture of this beautiful swan!

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful kind comment Dot, always much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyover 2 years ago

    they can be really fierce! great shot!

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful kind comment Nadine, always much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

  • virginian
    virginianover 2 years ago

    Cool shot.

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful kind comment, Judy always much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajover 2 years ago

    Great capture Andrea!

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful kind comment Anna, always much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

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