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 Stares, where I have recently retired from public school teaching after thirty-four years. I am a nature photographer, particularly focusing on the the wide variety of birds to be found in this area. I am a keen supporter of the Massachusetts Audubon and the exceptional work that they do in education and protecting nature. It pleases me that many of the photographs I have posted here have also been displayed on the Wachusett Meadow Audubon in Princeton, MA website. I would love to connect with other primary school teachers in the hope that these photos might be useful in inspiring children to a greater connection with nature.

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