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Tending To The Future

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 24 April 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

I had no intention of returning to our swans, but yesterday (Saturday) found me driving by this spot, and the light was even better than what I found last week. And clearly things are moving forward for this expectant pair.

Some park service staff have roped off the walkway that passes in front of the nest - but the area behind the nest is open. The amount of traffic these two are willing to tolerate is amazing. When I arrived three people were at the rope throwing bread towards the swans. This attracted a predictable number of pigeons and no interest from the swans. Undeterred, they threw more bread. They had two small dogs with them that seemed mostly indifferent to the show. Someone has placed a stainless steel dog dish here that clearly had some food in it.

Individuals, couples, and small groups arrived with all manner of cameras. I'll count myself among their numbers. Clearly word has gotten out. May all good will remain until the cygnets can fend for themselves. Good luck mom and dad.

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Some wonderful moments out there right now and you caught this so well . . Happy Easter, Stephen.

24 Apr 2011 6:41am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

You'll be a regular visitor now waiting for the chicks to hatch.

24 Apr 2011 9:41am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Super capture to celebrate this feast of rebirth! Happy Easter Stephen! ;-)

24 Apr 2011 2:05pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

OK now I see why she was so vigilant and unmoving when the dogs were so close.

27 Apr 2011 12:04am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Ok now I understand why she was so vigilant and unmoving when those dogs were there.

27 Apr 2011 12:05am