Friday, October 28, 2011

Swan of Grace + Have a Happy Weekend!

While in Leamington Spa, England, I went for a walk in Jephson Gardens and came across a man feeding ducks and swans with bread. He had about five slices of bread and he threw bits of it towards them. Needless to say the swans fought a little over it, but they seemed to enjoy it.
"Hello, I'm a Scotsman!", said the man... "I enjoy feeding swans. Take a slice of bread and throw it in them on the water. It's fun!".

There were loads of ducks around us and they looked quite hungry.
What a happy swan patiently waiting for a treat!

I've heard that it is bad to feed ducks bread, but one of my earliest memories as a child was feeding the ducks at our local pond, and that helped formed my love for wildlife.

What about you?

My lovelies, hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx

89 comments:

Nevine said...

I love swans! They're so beautiful and graceful. And yes, I do love to feed the ducks as well. I also like to feed pigeons. I know I shouldn't, but I do it anyway. Hey, they need to eat too, don't they?

Have a beautiful weekend filled with sunshine and love, my dearest Betty!

Hugs,
Nevine

- Yvonaut -
Das sind Raphael und Yvonne
said...

Hi Betty

Really beautiful swans! I hope they had a good meal!
They are so graceful !
Nice pictures!

Greetings
Yvonne and Raphael

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Hello Betty:

They are lovely to watch. I used to live on the west coast of Sweden ansd often walked alonng the sea cliffs and watched the swans swimming not so far from shore.

My last experience with swans was a couple sitting at the edge of the river that runs through town with several babies. My wife & I paused our bike ride to watch a wee bit.

They can be aggressive, but I imagine they knew the kind Scotsman with the bread and were not about to bite the hand that feeds them.

Nice pictures.

Kind regards,
Mike

Sandra said...

so beautiful. the last time I went to jungle gardens, i was feeding the flamingo's the food that we can buy there and the black swan waddled up. his beak looked a little fearsome, so I carefully held my palm out for him to pick up the food. i laughed out loud because the beak tickled like crazy, he kind of turned it sideways and grazed.

Ricardo Miñana said...

¡Preciosas las imagenes Betty!
tienes un bonito blog.
si te gusta la poesia te invito a mi blog Brisa poética,
feliz fin de semana.
un abrazo.

dianne said...

Swans are so beautiful and graceful, ducks also as they glide along the water, we being unaware of those little webbed feet paddling underneath. I have to go to a large park to see them but I have many other water birds who frequent the creeks and river where I live.
These are lovely photos dear Betty, have a lovely weekend.

xoxoxo ♡

Bitch said...

I wonder where do they go, when the
water is frozen and ice in winter...
Did you ever think about?

Have a lovely weekend also,
dear Betty!
Send you warm embraces!!!!

Monika

Trac~ said...

So beautiful and graceful! Have a great weekend my friend! xoxoxo

Georgia said...

Beautiful pictures!!
I love swans.:>)

Have a great weekend!
Georgia

Hilary said...

Lovely photos, Betty. Swans sure are graceful animals.

I'm one of those who are against feeding the water fowl. We used to do it all the time.. even specifically bought high grain breads because we figured it was better for them but then we learned that it's really bad for their system. It bogs them down, fills their belly and makes them lazy about looking for the real food that they need to stay healthy.

It also makes them dependent on handouts, malnourished and less aggressive about finding their own food sources or even leaving the pond to migrate in the fall.

Sometimes, in winter, if the pond is frozen and they didn't migrate like they should, a rare handout of cracked corn, halved grapes, thawed frozen peas or duck pellets from a specialize store should get them through more healthfully.

I know that you and everyone else who feeds them have nothing but good intentions for them but bread truly is all sorts of bad for them.

ritsa said...

oh, wow. good to see your post again!

imac said...

Great to swan about and see folk feed them.

Gaelyn said...

Yea, not really good to feed birds bread as it swells up in their bellies. But... having said that, it has been a way many have grown fond of wildlife. Including self. Nice shots of the swans.

Chatty Crone said...

Your photos are gorgeous and yes I feel the ducks bread too. Great memories doing it too. sandie

TexWisGirl said...

i know in some ponds, if lots of folks feed bread, any uneaten portions can rot and foul the water, causing disease, etc. not sure. i do throw some bread and crackers on occasion into our pond - not for ducks but for the fish and turtles. :)

AmyLK said...

We've always thrown bread for our ducks and swans. Now we keep corn around for the winter geese that have shown up.

These are lovely pictures

Happy weekend!

David L Macaulay said...

nice pix - he's brave to feed swans - have a great weekend. Betty

Fábio Martins said...

I love swans. They are beautiful and so calm in water

Frank Baron said...

Some very nice shots of lovely birds.

Filip Demuinck said...

Dangerous trick, good that you still have your fingers.

Greetings,
Filip

Leovi said...

Wow! Beautiful compositions, I like the light and texture of these reflections in the water. The white plumage is truly dazzling.

Unknown Mami said...

They are beautiful. I don't know whether it's bad or not to feed them.

Ms. A said...

Lovely images of the most graceful looking members of the duck family.

Have a beautiful weekend, Betty!

George said...

You've gotten some wonderful pictures of the swans and ducks. A couple of the swans looked as if they were posing just for you. We don't feed bread to ducks (no swans around here), but many people do.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

hilary, glad i read this! i guess i always figured that bread wasn't the best thing to feed any bird but i never knew it was quite that harmful.

thanks for passing along the word:)

Craver Vii said...

I WANT SWANS!! That is to say, I want to take pictures of swans. We don't usually see them in our local ponds, but I did see a couple on some private property about 40 minutes away. (sigh) You're so lucky to have seen (and photographed) these graceful beauties.

Have a blessed weekend, Betty. :-)

Jesús said...

Unas bellas imágenes,que transmiten mucha ternura.

Saludos.

Bob Bushell said...

It maybe bad to feed the ducks, well, I just don't care a hoot, it seems quite alright.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Gorgeous photos, Betty. I've never seen a swan except for in the zoo. They are wonderful. :)

Lynn said...

I love swans - I used to work in an office complex with a pond in the middle and loved looking at the swans sailing around it gracefully.

Pat said...

Swans are beautiful, but I heard they can be quite mean! I like to watch the geese, but I once was attacked by them when I was feeding them! We are on the road all weekend, making our way towards AZ.

SandyCarlson said...

Graceful, all, to be sure!

Kelly said...

Wonderful photos! I think swans are so beautiful. I don't see them around here. We do have lots of ducks and geese, though.

Pastor Dennis said...

I put seed out almost every day. I get sparrows, finches, doves, quail, and even turkeys.

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Debbie said...

your swans are so pretty. the ones i photograph all have discolored necks.

i have heard the same thing about feeding them. i am always so torn!!

have a wonderful weekend!!

Lily Riani said...

nice close up... always wanted to take pics of swan in heart shape like those you see in cartoon :D

Pat Tillett said...

I love swans and pretty much all types of birds. Nice photos Betty!

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ΑΘΗΝΑ said...

In my school there was grass and rabbits and a lake with some ducks.We had fun playing with them!

Robin R Robinson said...

The top image of the two swans is lovely. Nice composition.

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful pictures, indeed the swans are graceful. I love to watch waterbirds and watch people feeding them. I used to feed ducks at the park until signs appeared that said not to.

ANRAFERA said...

I like very much this series of tender photographies.
Congratulations Betty for this nice article.
Cordial regards and happy weekend.
Ramon

Kim Stevens said...

Swans are so beautiful, but don't come around where I live so this is a treat! Thanks so much for stopping by, Kim

moni said...

Hi Bettym
thank you for this wonderful location und pixtures of swans!
Great!!!!
Wish you a nice weekend ♥ moni

urban muser said...

i love their beautiful long necks. great shots!

Torunn said...

Beautiful pictures of the swans :o)

Red Nomad OZ said...

White swans are rare in OZ - so it's a little weird to see a swan that's not black in your photo!!

Feeding ducks is one of life's simple pleasures ... glad it brightened your day!!

Randy said...

Amazing photographs. The swans are so beautiful and graceful.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Swans are lovely. I especially like the picture that's so close you can see water droplets on the swan's head. Very nice, Betty.

Be well, my friend.
xoRobyn

diane b said...

I love your pics of swans, they are such elegant creatures. I think we have all loved feeding ducks at some time in our lives.

Anonymous said...

The pictures of the swans are amazing, they are such greaceful creatures.
Happy Sunday!

Amin said...

What a beautiful photos!
Have a wonderful day!

Mimmu said...

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ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Awesome photos! So well done ~ Yep fed swans and ducks bread as a child ~ Swans are sooo beautiful! ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor)

magiceye said...

lovely pictures Betty!

Gattina said...

Swans are such beautiful models ! The proof !

La sonrisa de Hiperión said...

El cisne siempre garantía de amor.

Saludos y buena tarde de domingo.

ramblingwoods said...

Thank you for your comments on my blog about my photos...I live on a pond and love the waterfowl. Right now I put out cracked corn and/or game bird pellets to give them a boost before the pond freezes. It's true that bread swells and can clog their crops (throat) although they love it. Beautiful photos!!! ..Michelle

Mary-Anne said...

beautiful photos :)

jabblog said...

Beautiful photos of one of my favourite birds. Swans always make me feel glad to be alive:-)

Shannon said...

They are so beautiful and peaceful.

lisa said...

These are wonderful photographs Betty.
What magnificent creatures they are, and they look so peaceful.
Sure hope it's not bad to feed ducks bread. I did it all the time as a child, and still do when I see them around here.
Happy Sunday to you, and have a wonderful start to your week!

Art said...

Wow .. Really beautiful swans!
Well done!

Inger-M said...

The swan is such a regal bird. Great shots!

Victoria/Sweden said...

Very nice pictures!

Just Be Real said...

Swans are awesome. Love how the water beads off their feathers. Lovely photos Betty. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

♥♥ Willa ♥♥ said...

They are so beautiful!

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deb duty said...

These are beautiful. I love the close ups!

eden said...

Beautiful photos of the swan

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

A very beautiful series !

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Juan Antonio Torron Castro said...

Fantástica colección de fotografias. Los cisnes son preciosos.

Saludos.

blueviolet said...

They are quite beautiful! I thought they were mean though, so I would be afraid to feed them by hand!

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Rick said...

Such graceful creatures swans are, although they're quite adept (and powerful) in defending their young. I especially liked that 3rd shot - great perspective with the droplets.

Hope your week is going well, Betty.

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What a beautiful post of swans...

michael said...

Not only an awesome post but mazingly beautiful looking swans!

NatureFootstep said...

great shots of the swans.

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Fer said...

Preciosa serie, muy buenas todas las fotos, saludos.

Crissi said...

Really very beautiful images,
ciao Crissi

anilkurup said...

The white avian- pristine !
The pictures look lovely. Love for wild life begins when young. Those who cannot love or share life with the beasts and the fowls cannot love man too. don't you think so?

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

anilkurup, well said...couldn't agree more.

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Jorge Fonseca said...

Lovely images of the most graceful looking members of the duck family. Have a beautiful weekend, Betty!

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