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Friday, December 14, 2012

Weekend Reflections: big birds in Europe

We didn't see many small birds on this year's European tour with Viking River Cruises, but we did see quite a few ducks, geese, and swans. Unfortunately, there were no sightings of the largest European bird of all: the stork. I would have loved to see a stork!
Here, in Melk, Austria, when the water isn't being disturbed even slightly by swimming swans, a goose and some ducks can be reflected.


Richard Schear photos, November, 2012
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Weekend Reflections
posted by that other world traveller, James, wherever he may be.
Thanks, James!

12 comments:

Grace said...

So serene and peaceful Kay ~

Thanks for sharing and enjoy your travel ~

Mama Zen said...

These are lovely!

Gattina said...

Watching ducks is always fun and feed them too !
You certainly remember the Grand'Place in Brussels ! The ugliest Christmas tree of the world is standing there now ! have a look at it it's a horror !
http://gattinawritercramps.blogspot.be/2012/12/brussels-uggliest-christmas-tree.html

Dianne said...

The white swans are so regal and make beautiful reflections.... Well captured.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Delightful glimpse of the birds' water sanctuary! They don't seem to be worried about the photographer and just live in their moment!

Kay said...

I don't know what it is about swans. Maybe it's because they look so pure with their snow white coloring. Maybe it's their graceful neck. They always remind me of a ballet.

Mara said...

We had a lot of storks near to where I used to live. But I don't know about any other places where there might be storks. I think they migrate back south for winter.

kaykuala said...

Swans somehow have an aura around them. They're so graceful when they glide in the water! Wonderful pics. Kay!

Hank

Audrey said...

jolies èhptps ;o)

Carola Bartz said...

Unfortunately, storks have become quite rare in some parts of Europe. I saw many of them in Alsace and Poland as well as in East Germany. Quite the sight - they're beautiful. However, I love swans - they are so graceful.

Powell River Books said...

The swans and snow geese have moved into Skagit for the summer. There are also fields full between Bellingham and Vancouver. - Margy

'Tsuki said...

so pretty !