Swan-versation – Part II

Trumpeter Swans mate for life, but seem to renew their vows each year with a choreographed duet of head bobbing and pair swimming (is that an Olympic event?).   Pairing may not occur until birds are more than four years old, and the average first nesting is 6-7 years, but these largest of the waterfowl species live 20-30 years in the wild, so there is plenty of time for producing offspring.

Once the male establishes his overall attractiveness to his mate,

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there is a session of synchronized swimming, punctuated by head dips.

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The famous heart-shaped swan neck maneuver.

The famous heart-shaped swan neck maneuver.

Noisy but oh so graceful, the Trumpeter Swan.

7 thoughts on “Swan-versation – Part II

    • Some parrots live even longer than that. I’m sure finding food is key to long life in these birds, but just surviving through harsh winters is challenging.

  1. I especially liked the slide show, which was an effective way to show all the neck movements in your gorgeous images. I like too that you were able to highlight the heart-shaped position just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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