The Swan’s Lake

I know, the title is cheesy, but I couldn’t help it!

Trumpeter Swans

In March a lot of Swans came to the Lake. I love watching them graciously floating across the gentle water, like a soft fluffy cloud against a blue sky. March was also the beginning of breeding season in the bird kingdom. It has been exciting to see various birds make new calls and show their breeding feathers/dances/colours.

Have you ever seen a Swan couple dance? It’s really beautiful! They actually do make hearts with their necks! Anyway, I had a few opportunities to see some of these beautiful birds do their special dances and shows. Here are a few snaps…

The male swans open up their wings and make themselves look bigger. There were a few immature male Swans (the ones with some brown feathers) also getting themselves ready to show off.

The black knob at the base of the male Mute Swan’s bill swells during the breeding season and becomes noticeably larger than the female’s. The rest of the year the difference between the sexes is not obvious.

Did you know, that the Mute Swan (featured in this post) is not native to North America. They were brought over from Europe in the 1800-1900’s. The Trumpeter Swan (opening image), however, is Native to North America.

Thanks for viewing!

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