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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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Invading our children's panda sanctuary. Thanks for inviting us to crash your place. It's a beautiful sim.

Morning fog, North Thompson River.

Avola, BC.


Nikon D5000

18-105mm @ 106.8mm

f/6.3 ISO500 1/200sec


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.

John Heinz Wildlife Refuge

Eurasian Tree-sparrow

Crested Caracara, Rio Grande Valley, Texas

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.

Batman wished his parents would just leave him alone.


Lego 365 Day 784/365


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An Oystercatcher watches over two chicks, captured at Nickerson Beach, Long Island, NY

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).

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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Always a pleasure to find these, no matter where! The ones above were seen at the 'Parc des étangs' near Pont-Audemer, Eure, first one in comments (viewable large) was at Mailleraye-sur-Seine, Seine-Maritime, and the last one was in the Jardin public, Honfleur, Calvados! All in different 'Départements'.

Normandy, France

I believe the young will be leaving the nest pretty soon.

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

Osprey Series (reposted)

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My father was a photographer and photojournalist. He took these pictures of my mum in Ireland many years ago. I would have been proud to have taken them.

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. :)

This stilt parent has been standing guard on the boardwalk for quite some time. He/she was watching out for his/her young chick. Today, I got a glimpse of the chick at the bush next to the boardwalk. As soon as I closed in, the parent made his/her call along with his/her partner who was guarding on the opposite side. The chick would just follow the call and walk away from potential dangers.


Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS II USM

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