…. with feathers all stubby and brown
But, and sorry to use such a trite word, they are so cute! They are amazingly fluffy with their baby down, not yet able to shed water as they will do from their future feathers.
We have been lucky enough to see them at many stages of growth, usually brought to the boat for a photo shoot by proud parents!
There has been so much on line and in the media generally about NOT feeding them bread, so I have tried them on sunflower seeds and sweetcorn ……
…. which the cygnets sometimes manage to pick out of the water before they (the seeds and corn!) sink too low to be reached by short young necks and beaks. I have loved how the parent swans hold back from feeding themselves while the young are eating, and seeing off any predatory ducks or geese who think they will join in on feeding time. They seem to start quite pale in colour
…… becoming a delicate grey, with stubby little wings ……
….. until those famous brown ‘ugly duckling’ feathers arrive, but with the start of an elegant white neck and more noble head.
The wings begin to show as the cygnets move towards the beauty of …..
…. the proud adult swan.
It’s great when we get to be at the front of a BIG lock going upstream. It’s the closest I get to white water rafting when the sluices are opened! Hard to get a photo that even begins to convey this, but these few at Benson Lock give a slight feel of the calm and storm of the action!
The calm – moving towards the lock …..
….. the stillness within the depths of the lock.
The storm – a deluge, nay a torrent, of water pours through the sluices from above. Calliope rocks and heaves on her ropes ….
…. until we float to the top of the lock and gently move out onto the next reach of the Thames.
We like it here
with views from the bridge (over to Streatley) …..
…. views from the back deck ….
…. and a view OF the back deck
Hold on, something’s missing …. Ah yes, Captain and crew!
We like it SO much we came back again with Peter and Aileen. It was great to have Aileen as a fellow photographer (she does it properly!) and to go for a walk along the bank snapping some of the natural resources – flora and fauna.
Flora first ….
and now fauna ….
Bye bye for now – we’re off to waters new