Well, here is a post I was looking forward to putting up for a while...
I think this was one of my favourite lunch hours so far at Bayfront Park.
|The "ugly" duckling?|
|Proud momma with five cygnets.|
|Pile on mom!!|
|Wait for me!|
|High, dry, and cozy.|
|Best seat on the ride.|
|Starting to preen right away.|
|Taking up the rear.|
|the Cob just up from a snack.|
Here is some more information about swans on a neat website I found. Lots of interesting facts about swans. A few highlights that you might not have known (or may never care about):
- A swan has 23 vertebrae in that long graceful neck
- Cygnets have to peck for almost a whole day at the egg with the "egg tooth" on their little bills before hatching. No wonder they look completely wearied when they hatch, wobbling all over the place.
The male is called a "cob", and the female a "pen".
- The cob typically can be distinguished as the larger of the two, and also has a larger knob at the base of its beak.
A beautifully designed bird, enjoyable to watch with their young.