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Saturday, 1 June 2013

Theme Day- Beauty in Decay

In  the midst of the decay around her this swan has built her nest. How long does it take for swan eggs to hatch? Do you know?
As it is the first of the month the City Daily Photo Community selects a theme for the photo.  Today is decay in beauty.  See here how others have interpreted the theme.

20 comments:

Jim said...

Good theme day post.

Jo said...

Fabulous post for theme day and sorry not sure how long...

Marleen said...

Nature's beauty.

LOLfromPasa said...

I am a lover of swans, as you know. Great shot.

Red Nomad OZ said...

What a wonderful find!! According to a website I found, once all the eggs have been laid (1 every day or two over 2-3 weeks), they are incubated to hatch out in about 42 days!! So I hope this area's safe for the next 6 weeks or so ...

Adullamite said...

How long do swans sit on their eggs?
After the nest has been built, which typically takes 2-3 weeks, the egg laying process begins with an egg being laid every 12-24 hours. Once all the eggs have been laid, which can take 2-3 weeks, they will all be incubated (ie sat on to start the growth process) at the same time with hatching usually 42 days (6 weeks) later.

Is it normal for a swan to sit on her eggs for longer than the normal 6 weeks?
Yes. If she is still sitting on the eggs then she must be able to hear movement within the eggs. It may be that she lost her first clutch of eggs to a predator and has laid a new set - this would explain the extended "sitting" period.

http://www.theswansanctuary.org.uk/faq.php

Sharon said...

It isn't the most attractive site for her to raise the babies but, I guess it works.

Kris said...

I love your interpretation of the theme, great find!

Babzy said...

Such a good illustration of the theme :)

Ineke said...

Yes! same thoughts indeed :) Never knew swans used this much debris actually. I only know them to breed on grass-like nests.

LONDONLULU said...

I don't know the answer although it looks like this swan spent quite some time building up a nest! Lovely interpretation of the theme and lovely creature.

Jenny Woolf said...

That's quite a thought provoking shot, Mo, somehow.

RedPat said...

A positive post for the theme! ;-))

Jack said...

With all of the possible places in London, the swan chose this spot?

Kay said...

It doesn't seem like a very natural nesting spot, but I'd bet it's a little safer, protected from above by the pipe, and possibly better insulated. It's also somewhat sheltered on its sides. Great catch!

MJ said...

From decay comes the renewal of life. Nice representation!

Lynette said...

You’ve made a great Theme Day post. I cannot imagine how you came to notice the nest in such a place. Thanks!

Julie said...

Well, that was interesting. I read through the comments until I found the answer to your swan egg question.

Indeed, not a pretty place for a nursery, but wisely chosen as it is defendable.

Thank you, Mo, for your contribution to our Theme Day.

JM said...

A great find, Mo!

Karine said...

Good job spotting that, it certainly is an unexpected place for a nest! I hope you'll check in with her in a few weeks so we can see her babies :)

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