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Mute Swan Busking, 2

A few more images of the Mute Swan BuskingĀ , after he had moved further into the pond, but still displaying with his wings raised.

Mute Swan
Mute Swan

As the Mute Swan got further from me the reflection of the sky in the water was quite different and the sun created a nice rainbow in the fountain.

Mute Swan and Fountain
Mute Swan and Fountain

Lastly, a nice front view with a few drops of water from his beak.

Mute Swan
Mute Swan

Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
January 29, 2021

 

Mute Swan Pair On A Mission

Before I knew about swans using an elevated wing display for “wind assisted transportation” I thought these two Mute Swans might be getting ready to tussle.

Pair of Mute Swans
Pair of Mute Swans

They were moving pretty fast up the far side of the reflecting pond from where I stood.

Pair of Mute Swans
Pair of Mute Swans

Ah, then it became clear: a passerby was handing out snacks. And the two swans shared without any squabbling.

Pair of Mute Swans
Pair of Mute Swans

From the man’s behavior I suspect this is a regular routine. He threw a few tidbits to the waiting birds then went on his way.

Pair of Mute Swans
Pair of Mute Swans

Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
January 29, 2021

Mute Swan Busking

Busking not as in a street performance, but a threat display or the same posture used for “wind-assisted transportation” per Wikipedia.

Mute Swan
Mute Swan

The wind assist was not something I’ve seen described elsewhere, but there was a stiff breeze this day. Two Mute Swans were traveling the length of this 600 foot (185M) long pond in no time, so it would not surprise me.

Mute Swan
Mute Swan

A water performance and no tips expected, the Mute Swans at Middleton Place were very entertaining.