At Tottenham Hale is the home of various birds which also include the swan. The swan is the largest flying bird in England and can be seen along the canal path in Tottenham. For spring and summer I captured this lovely bird. The swan makes a good family structure because they mate for life.
With summer you can walk or cycle along the canal path whist enjoying the longer days of daylight.
I captured the following swans with their eight cygnets and saw how protective the male swan can become if you got too close to the family.
I used a zoom lens to capture the images of the swan and its family. The male swan was looking at me as if to say stay away but the zoom lens meant that I was far enough away to be out of harm’s way.
It was good to capture the images as the swan family moved along the water.
The above images show that there are other birds around which I did capture. The emphasis in this post is about the swans.
The swan can lay three to eight eggs but not all of them will survive.
The male will assist in making a lovely home for the female so that she can keep the eggs safe from all harm.
When the eggs are hatched the swan leaves the nest.
The above swan family had a crisis. They followed a barge into a lock and did not follow it out. Swans can fly but they did not fly out and were separated from their cygnets. The bird sanctuary was contacted and arranged a rescue of the birds. My images include two ducks which went as far as the pavements as if to raise the alarm.
The cygnets were the first to be captured and placed in the carrier bag. What followed was a swan which decided that its area was being invaded and wanted to get involved. It had to be chased away.
The male was rescued first because it went for the bread in the water. The female involved a little more work because she was not falling for that trick.
It was the evening of the May Spring Bank Holiday 2021 and this is how it was spent. Always carry a camera. By night time the family was reunited.
I had to use the in-built flash that comes on the SLR camera and ISO 3200 to capture the above image at 200 mm zoom.
When I see the swans they look so peaceful in the water and they make a good subject to be captured.