May 27, 2015. Day 40. I've come to expect a nod of acknowledgement each morning from the cob. On the odd day that's he's not in the vicinity I feel like something is missing.
May 27, 2015. Day 40. The pen spends a lot of her time fortifying the nest with the sticks and twgs the cob leaves nearby.
Not Yet #3
May 26, 2015. Day 39.
May 25, 2015. It's not often I get these two in the same frame as they battle over territory.
May 25, 2015. Day 38.
Gaggle on the Move
Collingwood has several urban drainagae ponds. My favourite is the one on Collins St. I spotted this family of Canada geese there this morning.
One of the quintessential sounds of Spring, this red-winged blackbird sings his heart out.
May 24, 2015. In the wild danger lurks in every crevice. The gander prepares to do battle with a lurking mink.
May 24, 2015. Day 37 and the wait continues.
Through the Looking Glass #8
“I'm not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
On Patrol #4
May 22, 2015. The cob patrolling the waters around the nest. When he started this 35 days ago there was still ice in the water.
May 22, 2015. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. ~Carl Sagan
This is now Day 35 of concentrated nesting. It should only be a few days now.
Good Morning Mama
May 21, 2015. The wait continues.
Get Some Rest Mama
May 20, 2015. It was bitterly cold on the waterfront early this morning. The nest has been built up and the water has receded a bit. There was no sign of the cob and the pen didn't even acknowledge my presence. I'm sure they're both exhausted. I hope the eggs are still viable!
May 19, 2015. The cob frantically gathers material to shore up the flooding nest.
May 19, 2015. High winds have increased the water level in the harbour. The pen keeps re-arranging the contents of the nest. The water temperature is 3 degrees celcius. Not good.
May 18, 2015. Very peaceful on the waterfront this morning. Even the geese were quiet.
May 17, 2015. According to my photo catalogue the pen started sitting on the nest in 32 days ago. The incubation period is around 36 days. The countdown is on!
Through the Looking Glass
“I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
May 17, 2015. Reflection of the gander waiting for the return of the cob to their shared nesting area.
May 16, 2015. Thick fog this morning. It was very disorienting to hear the swan's wings approaching but not be able to see the bird until the last minute.
Light and Dark
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
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