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I spent a happy hour watching swans and ducks dealing with the iced up end of the lake. They took less notice of me than ever before.

About 30 yards (metres) of the lake was largely out of the sun, and so still iced. Pa swan broke a channel by putting his body weight onto the ice, which broke with a sharp crack. He seemed as interested in lapping something up off the surface as he reached it, as in making the channel.
Quite soon Ma joined him, although she did not join in the ice breaking.
Then the ducks swam in, but soon found they could walk on the ice, or rather skate on it. Comical how they put a foot forward and it slid an inch or so, and they looked like skaters.

(This photo was stripped of all its favourites by someone (not me) somehow making it PRIVATE. I thank the generosity of flickrites in refaving it. This has happened to several photos, and puts flickr's security into question, and I hope they will soon sort that out.)

koduckgirl, Claudecf, Jeff Clow, and 174 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Silcami 90 months ago | reply

    Que maravilla!

  2. rutchee 82 months ago | reply

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  3. AHMED... 82 months ago | reply

    Love the swans, their action, reflections and water colors! Wonderful job!

    Found in your popular shots. (?)

  4. gardawind 80 months ago | reply

    Wonderful capture in an unusual frozen it !!!

    I saw this in the 100+ Faves group and Faved it.

  5. lake.sider 79 months ago | reply

    Beautiful capture... as all of yours are!!!
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  6. SkagitLily 79 months ago | reply

    Alex, this is wonderful! Faved!
    My fave on the other photo is still there.
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  7. JuttaMK 79 months ago | reply

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  9. claryssekjell 77 months ago | reply

    really beautiful!!!

  10. princessangel 75 months ago | reply

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  11. mslaurasaurus 73 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Every Natural Wonder, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  12. Eirini Papadaki 72 months ago | reply

    Superb reflexions! Bravo!
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  13. JIGGS IMAGES 72 months ago | reply

    Wonderful capture!!

  14. JIGGS IMAGES 72 months ago | reply

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  15. matthewlaming08 65 months ago | reply

    Great shot you are invited to join Swans 2009 Group

  16. Lucem~Ferre 63 months ago | reply

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  17. cuegeee 61 months ago | reply

    Very cool!

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