Christmas Day

Flight by Jere Ketola on 500px.com

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone!

 

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Joyful reunion

Joy! by Jere Ketola on 500px.com

 

A reunion of swan couple. Whooper swans pair for life, and seem to have a very strong bond between the couple. These two were singing and saying hello to each other in a very beautiful and moving way.

Whooper Swans, the national bird of Finland

We are closing in on summer.  Still only a couple of days ago eastern and northern parts of our fair land received fresh snow. But today, the forecast is for something altogether different. Soon it appears, that we will be having a hot spell in the region of 22-30 Celsius. Stupendously quick change of weather so to speak. The countryside of Finland is filled with fields, forests and lakes. Photograph Scenic swans by Jere Ketola on 500px Such a view is quite common at the moment, fields growing green, trees getting leafs.  And nour national bird Swan in small groups and large.

Photograph Flight of the Swan by Jere Ketola on 500px
Swans used to be hunted in Finland and that resulted in diminishing numbers and after strong debate it was protected as a species. Eventually the numbers have grown back. Now they can be spotted in small ponds and lakes and of course in large migration gatherings.
The species of swans that are pictured here and that is our national bird, is the whooper swan. They also sing with a beatiful voice from where comes the Finnish name “laulujoutsen” the Singing swan”.
Photograph Nesting by Jere Ketola on 500px A typical nest of a swan. A small pond, with a small island in the middle. And a nest. The swans form life-time “marriages” with their partners so there was another swan just outside the view of this photo as well. Pretty soon there will also be a couple of small ones around as well..

Eating swans

These ones had not yet found their partner and still moving in bigger groups.  Beautiful birds aren’t they?

Swansong

Sun is setting as the golden hour approaches. All is quiet and still. Only the occasional sound of a bird singing breaks the silence. Suddenly a sound of flapping wings breaks the silence. From the west a swan is seen flying almost on the sea level.

Swan in flight

The mute swan flyes gracefully past and I snap a quick shot of it before it vanishes into the distance.