Swans

The swans that visit Central Park in Manhattan and Prospect Park in Brooklyn are mute swans. I find them regal creatures, and enjoy watching them. The State of New York would like to see them exterminated, claiming they are invasive. I've never subscribed to the idea that you "manage" nature by killing animals. That seems like an arrogant, vicious human response to natural selection.

I've done one video of swans so far, The Swans of Prospect Park.

The photos below range from February 2013, when a swan lived at the Meer. That swan has since departed, but she was a very feisty swan (I'm told a female) and I miss her.

We've had some swans at the Reservoir, and often they are a bit far for me to photograph, but I include some below.

The swans of Prospect Park live and breed there, and are a joy to watch. This shot, taken Dec. 4, 2015, is a mama swan with the head of one of her cygnets and the tail of another.

Dec. 30, 2015, Prospect Park; second row: Sept.25, 2015, Prospect Park

First row: Dec. 4, 2015, Prospect Park

April 4, 2014, Central Park Reservoir

April 1, 2014, Central Park Reservoir; March 29, 2013, Central Park Meer; March 20, 2013, Central Park Meer

Feb, 20, 2013, Central Park Meer