Introducing leggings. You’ll never run out of inspiration.

Swans will both display before mating, then mate for life. They are devoted to each other, and remain together throughout the year. They keep their young with them until they nest again, some staying through a second clutch. If one of a pair of swans dies, the survivor usually takes a new mate, and they form a dedicated pair. Breeding
Swans usually mature in two to three years, and breed at around 3-4 years of age. The northern birds do not breed until their fifth or sixth year.
In their bulky nests, females do most of the egg incubation. The average clutch is about five eggs, but may be as many as ten. Incubation lasts about 30 days. Cygnets first learn to float in the water, then start to fly in about 60-75 days. Swans molt in July and August, when their cygnets are too young 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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  • Alinka
    Alinkaabout 3 years ago


  • Many thanks Alinka!

    – byronbackyard

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 3 years ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottabout 3 years ago


  • Many thanks Robert!

    – byronbackyard

  • Rodney Wratten
    Rodney Wrattenabout 3 years ago

    Hi byronbackyard
    Great shot of the black swan very sharp and good colour, Inst. Favorite. how far were you away from the swan when you took the photo? I have the same lens but don’t get the photo you have.

  • Many thanks Rodney, I’m surprised the colour is ok because it’s so grey and miserable at the moment. The focal length was 500, I was in the bird hide so I had time to focus properly and I was using the monster lens!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleabout 3 years ago

    Great shot Deb. Yes they are beautiful and graceful birds.

  • Many thanks Alwyn, plus they can still look beautiful in grey and dismal weather!

    – byronbackyard

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous Black Swan. Your work is beautiful Byron, nice job on your website.

  • Many thanks for your kind comment Rosalie!

    – byronbackyard

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