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

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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