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Tending To The Future II

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 25 April 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

The watch continues...

I love these images.

Top - This is the male. He was leaning against the base of the pillar, apparently keeping his weight away from the eggs as he tries to position himself. So slowly he shifted this way and that until he finally came to rest on the eggs.

Below - she has returned from foraging and is nudging him off of 'her nest' (the male builds the nest). That is his neck just beyond her bill. He very slowly rises and moves away.

Yikes - I just read that the gestation period for these eggs is 34 to 35 days. Stay tuned.

My busy schedule keeps ramping up so I'm loading more images from yesterday's short shoot for the next week. Be well everyone and I hope you'll enjoy them. I'll promise to check in as I find moments here and there.

Larger view:

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Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I'm still quite amazed that the pair are nonplussed in allowing people to get so close to their nest, they tend to be fiercely defensive.

25 Apr 2011 8:04am

@Curly: Your assessment and amazement is shared by me. Added to this is that a good number of the regulars to the scene are locals, walking their dogs. These canines come equally close to the pair.

I suspect that part of the answer is that The Palace of Fine Arts is in one of the wealthiest and older neighborhoods in the San Francisco. This population might account for keeping raccoons, skunks, and young children from bothering the birds to some degree. And someone appears to be putting out food. I detected peas and broccoli in a nearby stainless steel bowl. Animals can be quite shrewed in assessing situations that work to their advantage. The trust is not without risk and it will be interesting to see how all of this plays out.

yz from Budapest, Hungary

lovely shots

25 Apr 2011 8:20am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

You have some good views here . . my local swans' nest is too well hidden this year but all will be revealed shortly, I'm sure !

25 Apr 2011 9:31am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks, Ronnie - keeps us posted as more becomes revealed...

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

These have been really great to view, Stephen. So nicely done, I agree with Curly..back in our neck of the woods these creatures won't allow anyone near without tons of panic...Great job here!

25 Apr 2011 2:42pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Hey Denny - you might want to glance back at my reply to Curly. Thanks for the visit and comments.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Aw - I saw your note to Curly...I SEE ;-)

25 Apr 2011 5:06pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderfull documentary style shot Stephen! Like anxious fathers we all await the birth....... ;-)

25 Apr 2011 6:14pm

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice series !

26 Apr 2011 3:28am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

This is so precious.

26 Apr 2011 11:04pm