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6/16/09 - Hup, toop, threep, four. Last one in is a rotten egg.<br><font size=3>ds20090616swans-0004_aw.jpg</font>
16-JUN-2009 dds

6/16/09 - Hup, toop, threep, four. Last one in is a rotten egg.
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Gettysburg, PA

Don't know why, but the little beggars *always* line up in single file whenever the group is moving. I'd like to paint a number on each one and see if there's a fixed "pecking order". These guys cross the road to lunch in our grass several times a day. When we see them, we scramble outside to serve as traffic wardens when they decide to go back -- even though they obviously got across to our side without getting smooshed. We've tried hurrying them along, but the parents just turn on us and hiss like an annoyed rattler -- or the male starts charging us. If it weren't so cute and fun, it would be a pain in the butt.

Nikon D300
1/500s f/5.0 at 55.0mm iso400 full exif

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Jola Dziubinska07-Dec-2009 20:12
Cute, nicely seen scene :)
alfredo camba jr.18-Sep-2009 09:45
Very nice and interesting image!! Vote!!
Coleen Perilloux Landry23-Jun-2009 19:39
What a beautiful shot. I have never seen so many cygnets with one set of parents. They are being very cautious and keeping their heads close to their bodies.
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