Monday, 13 April 2009

A Protective Cob

Kia ora

Hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Easter.

Finally managed to put together another desktop, this time using an image of a Black Swan taken at Maple Glen gardens in Glenham, Aotearoa/New Zealand.

A few weeks ago, when I was at Maple Glen showing some friends around, we were warned about the Black Swan and the need to keep away from him because he was protecting his female, who was brooding. In the above image, he had just forced us away from his family who were wandering on the other side of the bridge, he stamped his feet and marched across in front of us to stop us walking near her and eventually got us to walk over the bridge and away from his family.

The five cygnets are now seen wandering in close proximity to the female (pen) and the ever watchful male (cob) keeps everyone away from his young family.

Originally from Australia, the Black Swan or Cygnus atratus was introduced into New Zealand in 1864.

The birds at Maple Glen are all bred there. Other images of the Black Swans can be found here. They are taken by Rob Davison of Maple Glen.

A zip file containing three sizes can be found here.

I hope you like it.

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