Mum and I by byronbackyard

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The younger crew of cygnets are still obedient and follow mum and dad everywhere at West Byron Wetlands.
After hatching, Black Swan cygnets are tended by the parents for about 9 months until fledging. This includes being rounded up for naps and preening and following parental commands! The male, the larger swan, is often near the rear and deals with any rebellion by the cygnets. Cygnets may ride on their parent’s back for longer trips into deeper water, but Black Swans undertake this behaviour less frequently than Mute and Black-necked Swans.
The chicks are covered in grey down, and are able to swim and feed themselves as soon as they hatch. They are however very vulnerable until they are able to fly.
Canon 50D, 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS

Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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  • bobby1
    bobby1over 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture:))

  • Many thanks Bobby, they are very beautiful and full of grace!

    – byronbackyard

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    I love the colour you are getting in these wetland shots Deb. A beautiful shot.

  • Thanks Al, it’s that great end of the day, spring light … and my new lense I’ve been trying out!

    – byronbackyard

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Many thanks Ann!

    – byronbackyard

  • Denzil
    Denzilover 3 years ago

    Beautiful!! Cracker of a lens too:)

  • Many thanks, yep, takes a bit of getting used to though!

    – byronbackyard

  • Robert H Carney
    Robert H Carneyover 3 years ago


    So beautiful!

  • Many thanks Robert, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in the group “In, & around Byron”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in the Byron group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Many thanks, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • myraj
    myrajover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture and interesting reading. Congratulations on another feature.

  • Many thanks Myraj!

    – byronbackyard

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