Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Animal Wednesday - swans
When we started kayaking on a local river a few years ago, there were maybe 4 - 6 swans that had made their home on one section. We've been watching them for a few years and now there are about 2 dozen of these enormous birds making their home on an island on the river - and floating majestically around. People tell me that they are an invasive species in this area, but I haven't done much research on that topic - I do love to watch them float, swim and fly.
Recently we saw one guy (I assume it was a guy - I haven't yet learned to tell the difference) floating along with his wings puffed up and it was obvious that he was catching the wind for a free ride. And now I know how the famous swan boats in the Boston Public Gardens got their wing look.
Here are the Swan Boats floating on the pond in the Public Gardens - a locally famous landmark. It's a sweet gentle ride - totally unexciting and delightful. I haven't done it for years, but now I know how they got their wings up look.
Happy Animal Wednesday!!
Posted by Mim at 6:27 AM