RAINY DAY SYGNETS ENJOY GRASS HAMILTON HARBOUR
SUNDAY AUGUST 22nd 2010
Being a day with plenty of drizzle and rain, with much time of procrastination headed out into the Misty day on my electronic bike with Electronic Camera in tow.
It became painfully obvious the drizzle makes you and your equipment quite damp and my eye glasses need electronic wipers, albeit am sure they would also short circuit.
My Nikon D90 has been put through a good test in the last 4 Months, 10,000 pictures later. Today’s exam went “Fair”, the camera short circuited after 10 shots, calmly took out
the battery pack and was able to capture the Mute Swan family that returned to there nest yesterday.They are back at the public boat launch area by the sailing club in Hamilton Harbour.
The Signets are only 4 months old now and I doubt they will be able to fly south with there parents. Will take as many pictures as possible of there struggle to survive this Winter.
And plenty of information on there habits and possible mating next year or two.
How Swans Care for Their Cygnets
Cygnets grow more slowly than other swimming birds do. They need their parents for a longer time, too. Their parents help them find food and stay safe.
A few days after hatching, cygnets are ready for their first meal. Their parents help by pulling up underwater plants. Soon, cygnets are able to peck at water plants and insects on their own.
During the day, cygnets stay close to their parents. If a cygnet wanders off, a parent calls to it. And cygnets call to their parents if they need help. At night, cygnets sleep in the nest, safe and warm under their mother’s wings.
Cygnets stay with their parents for about a year or two. This gives young swans time to learn such things as migration routes. Some swans stay with their parents until they are ready to choose mates of their own.
Hope you enjoy the rainy pictures and information