Granny Shot It has a daily photo challenge, Bird of the Day (BOTD). I am contributing with photos of a very bold peacock and his companions at the Brookfield Zoo. This guy kept walking toward me as I was snapping his photo with my cellphone! He appeared to have no fear of humans whatsoever – he is probably used to zoo patrons throwing him crumbs.
I saw another peacock when we first arrived. His leg is banded so zoo researchers can track his movements.
Peacocks and peahens pecking for food in the grass
For Granny Shot It’s Bird of the Day today, I just had to post this photo I snapped with my cell phone from our car, (which is why it isn’t a great photo!) when we were temporarily prevented from finding a parking space at a restaurant this evening by this pair of Canada geese. They were in no hurry until my husband honked the car horn and flashed the lights at them!
I do not know the name of this/these bird(s). I think the first is the male and the second is the female of the same species. However, the male turned his head just as my shutter clicked so I can’t confirm that! I saw them as our river cruise ship was about to go into a lock on the Rhine River. Any bird experts that can help me identify them? I think they are some species of duck.
I posted a couple of days ago a family of swans out for a stroll in our new community. Here is a duck family that shares the same pond, heading back to it after a walk. (The ducks are all adults now, but since there are so many of them together all the time, I figured it’s a family in which the offspring have not yet struck out on their own!)
My husband and I have just recently moved to a senior living community, and I have been enjoying taking walks around the campus in the evenings. A few days ago I saw the resident swan family out for a stroll. Swans mate for life and raise their cygnets together. This year all of the cygnets survived and now are nearly full grown. They still have a few of their brown downy feathers to shed and their beaks are still gray.
I see the swan family nearly every day, sometimes in the pond, but often on the grassy bank. This was the first time I saw them walking down the road!
The same swan couple is brought here every spring and they stay until fall – originally to keep away the Canada geese (at which they do a great job!) but also to provide residents with some enjoyable sights of these lovely birds and their growing offspring. (I am planning to join the Camera Club here and look forward to taking many photos of our resident swans!)
Granny Shot It has two photo challenges: Bird of the Day and Water Water Everywhere. There is no specific topic within these challenges. Here is my submission for today’s BOTD & WWE. This photo was taken at the Jordan River in Israel.
I found out about this fun challenge from Cee who called it “BOTD” – I thought it was a typo and she meant FOTD (Flower of the Day)! 😛
The idea is just to post a photo you’ve taken of a bird each day – I don’t think I can keep it up every day, but here is my first contribution. Thank you, Granny Shot It!
We saw many swans on our European river cruise. To Americans, swans are somewhat exotic and beautiful, although they are becoming more common as housing complexes with ponds bring in swans to keep away the ubiquitous Canada geese. Swans can be mean and they do not take kindly to Canada geese invading their territory! I wholeheartedly approve. Anyway, while travelling down the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, we often saw swans, usually in pairs (they mate for life). I went crazy taking photos of them from our balcony!