Monday was a Black Swan Event day for me and it was a lot of fun because those Black Swan Cygnets we saw 4-5 weeks back are much larger now, incredibly so I thought.
A few definitions. You probably already know this, but a new learner here so lets review:
An adult female black swan is called a “Pen”
An adult male black swan is called a “Cob”
And of course the 3 youngin’s, which is fairly common for Black Swans, are called “Cygnets”. I think it’s one male and two females based on their size but can’t be totally sure.
Interesting fact, when they choose to fly, which I can’t imagine is very often, they can fly at speeds of up to 80 kph with their 6 foot wide wingspans. Wow, that is impressive.
So down by the Rowing Shed Monday, along came the Black Swans and coincidentally I just happened to be there. What a lucky coincidence for a photo shooting expedition. When they walk, it seems they lumber along with deliberate steps, but gee when they choose to attack they can be very quick . . . so I knew I had to be quiet to capture them from very close and not seem threatening . . . these are very territorial creatures afterall.
Ended up with way too many photos for Bendigo Scenic, because I already have heaps of the Lake photos and these Black Swans, but it was so much fun I thought I would add them temporarily to the portfolio. A separate gallery has been created with 81 photos. Each is roughly half a megabyte so with 40 MBytes, its best to let it load a while and then browse. It is setup sequentially to tell the story.
Actually, its what Mr. Cob got up to that has me laughing still.
The fellow at the rowing boat shed said “Normally they are very territorial, but don’t worry about this lot, they won’t attack”. So I was able to nestle in quite close and have a chance for some real close-up shots as you wil see. By shot “Black Swan Event 13” I still thought I was done for.
The scroller in this Blog post has quite a few of those shots, but so as to see exactly what happened I have created a separate gallery with all the photos in chronological order . . . It was quite funny actually.
As the events unfolded (Black Swan Event 36), Mrs. Pen was very mindful to be right close to the Cygnets, while Mr. Cob chose to head off and chase his reflection in a Black SUV . . . funny.
Seems Mr. Cob reckoned there was another Male Black Swan lurking very close by that needed a careful eye on.
At one stage Pen glanced over (Black Swan Event 40) and was thinking “Oh Cob you duffer, that’s a car, come on the little ones are getting away from us”
Then at “Black Swan Event 58” Pen finally turned around and thought “Hey, where did everyone go?” From there it was a bit of a dash back to the lake but not before chasing a Magpie with its magnificent wings fully expanded (Darn, missed that shot!)
Anyway, check out the great shots and have a listen to tonight’s music . . . what else but none other than the Sound Track to Black Swan and “Perfection” . . . which actually runs about the same length of the time as the Gallery Slideshow, nice!