Editors note: Here’s another post from our roving correspondent MaryKate – this time from right here in Central Florida. She was kind enough to write this for us which let me have Father’s Day off from the blog. Enjoy her post!
Happy Father’s Day to all Dads far and wide!
To celebrate, I thought I’d share some recent photos of a new swan family at Lake Cherokee in downtown Orlando. I noticed a single swan in Lake Cherokee, and locals tell me (s)he has been alone for quite some time. We were worried that something might have happened to its mate.
Lake Cherokee Mute Swan
However, last weekend, the mystery was solved. Turns out the swan couple was fine after all and had been up to some FOWL play. They showed up together with their swan babies!
Lake Cherokee Mute Swan Family
Mom and Dad are proud parents to three baby swans, two white ones and one grey. Apparently Mute Swans can be grey or white when they’re young, and then their feathers all turn white as they grow. My favorite is the grey one.
Mute Swan Cygnets Close-Up
Especially today, it’s touching to see this swan Dad (and Mom!) taking such good care of their family. I’m glad they found their cygnet-ficant others before Father’s Day!
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Hope all fathers out there (especially my Dad and brother) have a very Happy Father’s Day! Now go make some photos!
There have been several reports online recently about a pair of Mute Swans nesting in Viera. I first found out from my online friend Jim Boland’s recent blog post. I had a little free time yesterday and decided to check on them.
Mute Swans (nesting pair)
They aren’t native to North America or common in Florida. These two are doing well and have lots of fans. They’re actually in a retention pond on the side of a busy road. At least 20 people stopped by during the few minutes I was there. Mom spent most of her time on the nest and occasionally tended the eggs. Dad patrolled the area and kept other birds away. They can be aggressive, but these are used to people and ignored us.
Mute Swan and reflection
I didn’t see any sign of cygnets yet, but I’m guessing they’ll hatch soon. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back over and see them.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now – go make some photos!