Tanka: Dappled Light


a male and female mallard duck resting under a bush


under a bush
ducks resting on spring grass
dappled light
ahead of his love and her nest
a swan guards the river

Β© Xenia Tran



a male swan guarding the river at low tide

With love from Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.


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15 thoughts on “Tanka: Dappled Light”

    1. Thank you Jules, so lovely you have ducks and geese around! We are blessed with a few swan families and many ducks nesting nearby and hear the geese fly over – it is rare to see them up close in these parts ☺

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      1. One of the local collages has a pond with a black and white swan pair. But I think something happened to one of them. Now the photo shows two white ones.

        Some fun facts I didn’t know: Millers is the male swan (called a cob)
        S’Ville is the the female (called a pen)
        Swans usually form pairs for life
        The young or baby swans are called cygnets.
        Swan nests are usually a large pile of reeds and water plants.
        Female usually lays four to six eggs
        She incubates them until they hatch about 30-35 days later.
        The male guards the nest from predators and may take over incubation so that the female can feed.
        The babies emerge short-necked and thickly downed; though capable of running and swimming a few hours after hatching, they are carefully tended for several months
        Both parents tend the cygnets, which are sometimes seen riding on the back of a swimming parent.
        Cygnets first learn to float in the water, then start to fly in about 60-75 days.
        Young swans do not grow their white feathers until the next summer

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        1. Thank you for these fun facts Jules! Our river pen and her previous cob raised 62 cygnets together before the cob sadly passed away. She found a new mate last year and has been on the nest since early April – fingers crossed all will go well! πŸ˜‰

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