April 28, 2013This particular species is probably one of the most known and iconic bird species. You might see it every time you pay a visit to a park or a lake. It is recorded in over 70 countries, where it is either naturally occurring or having been introduced. If this large - though elegant - swan species doesn't occur in an area near you, then you surely know it from the tale 'The Ugly Duckling' by Hans Christian Andersen or the Swan Lake ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Even though it is a well known bird species I am quite happy with this photograph: I love the elegant posture of the head, the contrast between the white plumage and dark background and the ripples in the water.
It is amazing how much good stuff is out there if your open to it. My harvest of last week's cool observations in nature include:
- a barking roe deer (Capriolus capriolus), standing just five meters away;
- a rare and unfortunately recently deceased northern crested newt (Triturus cristatus), causes unknown;
- a wet dune slack, literally overflowing with mating smooth newts (Lissotriton vulgaris) at 11:30 in the evening (bunch of perverts!) ;)
- a nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), singing it's heart out;
- a northern pike (Esox lucius), lurking between the underwater vegetation;
- a mass migration of the common toad (Bufo bufo).