Cygnet peeking out

Cygnet peeking out

A young cygnet peers out from underneath the mother swan in a nest. The photo was captured a few days after the cygnet was born.

Robin

Robin

A mother robin sits on a nest waiting for eggs to hatch. The clutch size for robins is three to five eggs. Robin eggs are a light blue color and the incubation period is about fourteen days.

Flying in at dusk

Flying in at dusk

A cormorant flies in to roost for the night. There are over thirty-five species of cormorants, which are considered medium to large water birds.

Great Blue Heron silhouette

Great Blue Heron silhouette

A Great Blue Heron stands along the edge of the water hoping to catch a fish for dinner. Great Blue Herons are common across the United States and are classified as large water birds.

Nap Time

Nap Time

Swans eat underwater vegetation and aquatic plants. Swans are large water birds and as a result have very few predators.

Backlit Forest

Backlit Forest

A dear stands at the edge of the forest early one summer morning.

Wind Blown Feathers

Wind Blown Feathers

A great blue heron stands perched on a ledge with the wind blowing its feathers. Great Blue Herons can live in both freshwater and saltwater habitats.

Afternoon Snack

Afternoon Snack

A Great Blue Heron snacks on a minnow. The S-shape neck of a great blue heron is so that in flight,

Take a bow

Take a bow

A cormorant sits perched in a tree. Many cormorants fly and roost in trees for the night, since trees offer a safer place from predators than on the water.

Cygnet Egg

Cygnet Egg

A swan lays about 4-10 eggs in a given nest. The female does most of the incubation and occasionally the male will sit on the nest. Right before laying eggs, the female swan will eat extra vegetation to prepare for staying on the next. It is not uncommon for the female swan to lose a lot of weight during the incubation period.

Baby Cygnet

Baby Cygnet

A baby cygnet is playing in its mother's feathers. The cygnet had been waiting for the other eggs in the nest to hatch. It had been confined to the nest for a few days and was becoming quite squirmy, much to the mother swan's dismay.

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