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Explore Nov 6 2009 Mute Swan and Cygnet. Best Viewed Large On Black The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is a species of swan, and hence in turn a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is native to much of Europe and Asia, and (as a rare winter visitor) the far north of Africa. It is also an introduced species in North America, Australasia and southern Africa. The name 'mute' derives from its being less vocal than other swan species, though it is not always silent. IMG_1672

The parents would dig up things for the colt to eat. This time they found a small egg. You can see the yoke falling to the ground.


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Morning fog, North Thompson River.

Avola, BC.


Nikon D5000

18-105mm @ 106.8mm

f/6.3 ISO500 1/200sec


"Proud Parents" by Debbie Oppermann. My goal this spring season was to catch the cygnets hitching a ride on Mom Mute Swan and I was thrilled when, on one of my many treks to the roadside pond in rural Guelph Ontario Canada this little wonder of nature happened. They are so darn cute and all comfy cozy on Mom's back, and Dad, the protector, being close to Mom and babies, your heart just had to melt at the sight. In this image you can clearly see two cygnets hitching a ride on Mom and one out in the water but the fourth one you can't see was actually pushing one off Mom so it could move up!


battesimo Giovanni 16.7.2017

No way of knowing, but they were flying together, and there were no other eagles in the area. This is not a composite shot. It is a single of quite a few in a quick series of photographs. This one had the birds in the best relative positions.


This photo is good news for two reasons. First, it is a current shot...taken March 1, 2010! And second, it was taken high over Cedar Lake, so the eagles do still have some interest in the area. The lake is still 99% frozen over and snow-covered, but we are in the midst of a week-long stretch of temps above 30 with sunny skies, and it is slowly melting. Once the water opens up significantly, we're hoping to see migrating ducks and fishing Bald Eagles return to the lake.

Tireless Osprey parents! Taken at Rotary Marsh Park, Kelowna.


Best viewed large. You can see the head and back of the other parent.


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My parents have had a roller coaster of a relationship. They are stronger than ever now though, and are happy in their monogamous "traditional" relationship.

Well, parent, anyhow.

But they have no interest in the eggs, only in the act of spawning.

At present I have more toads in evidence than frogs, but more frogspawn than toadspawn.

Maybe the toads have been so blinded by lust that their interspecies goings on will result in a fall in the population.

This species has such attractive nymphs!!

So as usual, top left eggs, then 1st instars, and top right 2nd instars (all with adult, hence the common name!).

Centre left 3rd instars, then 4th instars with a mix of 4th & 5th/final (some teneral) instars centre right.

Bottom left 5th/final instars, then adult (spring colours) and finally bottom right adult (autumn colours).

The pond at home acts as a nursery helping to restore the frog population in the area.


About 3 years ago when the first baby frogs were born there was one, the biggest of them all that since its juvenile years sat at position 45, if one looks at the pond as a clock.


At start of winter the frogs leave for hibernation in the close by bushes and only come back to the pond by spring of the next year as adults to mate and then leave after laying their eggs. For the rest of the year, until next hibernation, only the year's babies inhabit the pond.


Unusually this year I observed there was a big adult one still there and sitting exclusively at position 45.


I have a suspicion this is 45, now close to 4 years old, parenting its offspring. Also, this is first time I see the display of close interaction among them, touching each other in the hands and the feet.


Baselland, Switzerland

PB_M0109-2.2 - 400mm

Osprey and its chick in the nest, Love the eyes. Florida Everglades National Park

Osprey Series (reposted)

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A Good parent is something which takes effect on their kids predominantly when they grow up. Being a good parent is not a skill one should develop, it is something you teach through your actions.


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Elasmucha grisea. I've just spotted a smaller one on the left!

At least I think it’s a parent bug? Much smaller than the usual shieldbugs I find. A water reflection with green water drop bokeh. :)

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Esco & Güilmon © Àlex Escorihuela. All rights reserved

Together, the male and female Western Grebe build a floating nest made of heaps of plant material anchored to emergent vegetation in a shallow area of a marsh. The female lays three to four eggs, and both parents incubate. Once hatched, the young leave the nest almost immediately and ride on the backs of the parents. Both parents feed the young. Young are plain gray and white, not striped like the young of other grebes.

A tentative parent awaiting the sound of the patter of tiny feet.


Aperture ƒ/14.0

Focal length 128.0 mm

Shutter 1/200

ISO 200

Irina and CJ.


Webster Park

Due Date: April 21st, 2017.


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Chicago Terminal 921, an SW1500, comes in to make a joint on the pair of parent railroad, Iowa Pacific, E units.

"ALMA, what are you doing wearing your "good" clothes?"


"Mom, these are my "bad" clothes. You know, the ones that didn't want to go to school."


"Oh, Alma!" mom replies as she goes back into the house.


"Parents! She didn't even ask what we were up to!"



This is something I've wanted to see for a long time - Parent Bugs living up to their name. I think the smaller one is a male... but could be a small female. If the latter, why would both be on the same leaf?


I spotted them on the weeping birch in my front garden, on one of my regular patrols to see what's there. They were on a different part of the tree to the pair that I photographed in cop recently (see here) so I think they're probably not the same pair.

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Possessing many layers of experiences (top portion with the folded cardboards), it contains its "everything-else" inside a plastic bag beneath, that guides it as a person and as a parent.

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