This week’s photo challenge is Partners. On our weekend sailing trip to Espoo’s Stora Herrรถ island, I was excited to see partnersย live in action.

A swan couple and their little chicks were near the shore.


Here it seems they are checking out that none of their babies are missing.


In unison, they go onwards.


Swans are such magnificent creatures but they also have quite a temper!


Did you know that a whooper swan is Finland’s national bird?ย These partners are not whoopers but mute swans. The swan is not actually mute but apparently it’s less vocal than other swan species out there, hence the name.


Look at that one baby chick reaching out for the stars!


Off they go towards new adventures.


Where have you spotted swans last?


30 thoughts on “Partners

  1. Swans are such majestic birds – how lucky to catch the whole family! Lovely pictures! I last saw swans in the spring, flying above me, back to Finland from their long migration. What a sight and sound it was!

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    1. Thank you – these were taken on a beautiful island and little goslings never look bad in photos ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely of you to visit my blog!


  2. what a cute family, lovely captures, Suvi… ๐Ÿ™‚
    I didn’t know about whooper swans and mute swans… it’s amazing you can tell the difference… I can’t even remember when I have last seen swans…

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    1. That sounds lovely! I often find myself taking ducks/swans for granted but now that there are little baby chicks out there I notice them more ๐Ÿ˜›

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      1. Hi Suvi! (love your name!). Yes, we had a couple of acres of land, in suburban world..and the first thing my boys wanted to do was get a backhoe and dig. Thus, we did. We had chickens too…lots of them (all named, of course). It was a lovely time, and I miss that house….but not the yardwork it required! Plus, the fowl can poop everywhere!

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        1. Thank you for the compliment on my name, it actually is an oldfashioned way of saying summer in Finnish ๐Ÿ˜› Oh gosh, I don think I could do with the poop! We are moving to a house in the Fall, I plan to stick with regular yardwork ๐Ÿ˜‰


          1. Good Good idea! We are moving too, or hope to toward the coast. Will be renting while we search for a house~I am not looking forward to renting though. I love our cottage here and my gardens (sans ducks, geese and chickens)..but alas, can not move the homestead THERE! Love that your name means summer…perfect! Mine is Koma and no one knows what it means! in ANY language, and lots have tried! ha!

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  3. Good word, I couldn’t figure out why the goslings were so many colors. I guess my eyes are still sore, upon inspection I see half of those are rocks. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nice post!

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    1. There’s quite many of them there, I was surprised myself. No wonder they have to look this way and that to keep the goslings together ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for your visit and lovely comment.


    1. Oh yes, it must be that the whoopers are louder as these ones are called mute swans. I didn’t hear them utter a thing! I think there were seven goslings actually ๐Ÿ™‚

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