Swan Song

Saturday, November 21, 2009
Recently I was taking photos at nearby Capitol Lake. I spotted these two swans near the shore doing some underwater feeding. They would both stick their heads underwater for up to a minute or so at a time, then come up for air. They repeated this over and over for quite some time. When I got home and loaded the photos on the computer my wife informed me that these swans were not native to our area and that someone must have released them. Native or not, we have since seen them in the same lake cruising around happy as can be. I guess we can consider them locals now.


  1. Very pretty, native or not. We have Trumpeter Swan wintering over up this way. They are one of the largest Swan and have black beaks and legs. MB

  2. tapirgal Says:

    Lovely. That's one bird we don't have here.

  3. AB Says:

    Nice shimmering blue tones to this photo.

  4. Lois Says:

    No matter how they got there, they are beautiful!

  5. Hilda Says:

    Swans seem to be very well equipped for underwater feeding. ;)

    I hope they didn't displace any native birds, especially since they're so lovely. That's usually a problem with introducing new breeds to an area, whether plants or animals.

  6. Funny coincidence, I am listening to Лебединое Озеро, aka Tchaikovski's Swan Lake, and I'm coming accross your gorgeous picture! You're making my day!

  7. How lovely, they are so beautiful and the ripples on the water just add to the beauty. The colours are magnificent.
    I need to go listen to Tchaikovski!

  8. Jacob Says:

    Very beautiful, Don. I love the looks of swans, though I hear they can be kinda nasty.

    I wonder how long a swan has to stay in an area to be a "native." If you live in Florida 25 years, you're considered a native. Well, by me, anyway.

    Did you know that out of the 19 million people who live in Florida, 18,999,999 came from someplace else?

    Nah. I was just pulling your leg. Only 18,999,998 came from someplace else.

    Have a great week!

  9. Lynette Says:

    What a lovely photo, y'all. I can't help it, I'm wondering if the lake freezes. I certainly hope not.

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