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The New Kids On The Pond

May 7, 2012
Male and female swans with their five cygnets.

The happy family…

Despite a mild winter, spring fever has definitely come to New England. Nature didn’t waste any time kicking the lawn and gardens into gear. Even the wildlife has been making an early appearance — much to my delight.

When I heard that two of our local swans were now caring for five brand new cygnets, I was thrilled. This was a wonderful surprise, as these adorable little babies were 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule compared to previous years.

While I had certainly seen swans before, I had never seen cygnets, much less photographed them. To have an entire family so close to home was a dream come true.

I made my way over to the pond several times in the last few days to visit the swans and their babies. Knowing how protective swans can be of their young, I was certain to maintain a safe and respectful distance.

The swans in turn appreciated my sensitivity to their youngsters and gracefully presented me with this perfect family portrait composition.

Naturally, that was just the beginning of my camera’s love affair with them.

Click here to see what I mean.

Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 18-200 mm
Exif Data:  ISO 200, 120 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec.

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~ Liz Mackney

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