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27.5.10

Nesting Swans in Esslingen

One of our medieval towns here around Stuttgart is called Esslingen. We took my family there for a stroll on the cobbled streets and ended up in a park so my niece could swing. (She loves to swing.) There was a pair of swans nesting that the city had built a wall to protect. The gander (is that what the male swan is called?) was very protective, but when he sauntered off for a swim I was able to get pretty close. Even with him there he was tolerant. I took some beautiful pictures. When the mother swan stood to move the eggs we counted eight.

We're hoping to go back this weekend to see if the eggs have hatched. Anyone know how long it takes for swan eggs to hatch?

13 comments:

Lori said...

haven't got a clue. but the pictures are divine! :)

Kris said...

Beautiful!!

Jen said...

What beautiful pictures, and what an amazing thing to witness, they are so cute!

I have no idea how long it takes to hatch an egg, I suppose I'd have to google it!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I'm clueless on the egg question, but I LOVE the pictures!!

I hopped over from Christine Danek's blog. :-)

Nishant said...
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patty said...

no idea, but you have some beautiful shots there! :)

Susan said...

So beautiful!!! I enjoyed these.

Must of been fun to take these.

Denise said...

What a beautiful capture!

Rockin' C said...

Beautiful pictures - God is good!!

Wendy said...

Swans are so majestic. Beautiful shots! (btw -- googled and found out that the gestation is approx 35 days from the day the last egg was laid.... hope that helps)

Christine said...

What a neat experience! Beautiful photos!

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK said...

Great photos - so restful, especially the second one. :) Thank you.

Lori... said...

Beautiful!