This is the resident Mute Swan couple from the pond. They have been living at the pond for many, many years. I wrote about the male in an earlier post here, if you care to read it. The male has a very distinctive dent/scar on his bill and they both engage in unique pond routines and habits that clearly shout out their identities. Together, they depart ever November as the pond freezes over (likely just flying slightly south to Lake Ontario’s open waters) and, together, they return every March as their more shallow, marshy portion of the pond commences its early thaw. You could set your watch by their departure and return…. I love the predictability of nature. It’s a total mystery but, unlike most mysteries, also very comforting. Mute Swans mate for life and, in the case of this couple, it’s not just a life-long tolerance but a true life-long devotion and I have attempted to capture a bit of that devotion through this image.
© KatMagic Photography 2011
This artist’s work does not belong to the public domain.
© All rights reserved / © Tous droits réservés
Artist Copyright – All images within this gallery are protected under Canadian copyright laws and international conventions. No portion of this artist’s work may be downloaded, reproduced, published, copied, manipulated, linked or transferred electronically or used in any way without the artist’s written permission.