These ducks and a swan at Mount Holyoke College seemed equally at home on ice or in the rushing water.

After resting close to the edge of the stream, they paddled into the racing current, which tossed them downstream. Next, they climbed up on large pieces of ice to enjoy a bit of sun together before beginning another challenging swim.

I worried about the swan. Did it have only one leg? Probably not. Swans and other large birds may stand on a single leg in order to conserve body heat in cold climates.


About the author jmankowsky

I live in Central Massachusetts in the United States--a wonderful area for nature, art and culture. Using a compact camera, I celebrate daily life found here in a variety of local landscapes throughout the changing seasons.

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