Male and Female Mite swan with 4 goslings. Observed them earlier in the year chasing Canada Geese from their nest.
Goleta, Santa Barbara County, California
23 January 2013
East Harbor State Park, Oak Harbor, Ohio
5 August 2013
We had an extremely nice hotel in Ohrid, right on the waterfront with a balcony looking out over the lake. Late in the afternoon a family of Mute Swan came by, two adults with 5 fuzzy gray cygnets. Unfortunately my shot of the babies didn't turn out, but I got this one of the adult.
The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is a species of swan, and thus a member of the waterfowl family Anatidae. It is native to much of Europe and Asia, and (as a rare winter visitor) the far north of Africa. It is also an introduced species in North America, Australasia and southern Africa. The name 'mute' derives from it being less vocal than other swan species. Measuring 125 to 170 centimetres (49 to 67 in) in length, this large swan...