I thought I had filled my ToM quota, but I have room for one more.
This was taken on our recent motorhome trip to East Anglia. This time Suffolk. It is on the meare in the seaside village of Thorpness. I have seen "meare" spelled as "mear" and "mere", but the Thorpeness one is spelled "Meare" and is an old Anglo Saxon word for "Lake".
Someone off camera was feeding Mama swan and her cygnets, while the gulls were hoping to scavenge some of the food. Mama was determined to keep her babies close. I was quite pleased to capture the gulls in the air.
Probably all the birds have soft and delicate feathers, but the cygnets particularly so.
This is a wonderful nature photo! What makes it special is that you froze the gulls in the air. But of course the cygnets gathered next to their protecting mama is a cute view.
A fine contribution to the theme.
It certainly is a winner for me, I thought baby chicks would be perfect for the theme. Your capture of cygnets with their beautiful mother, gulls in the air and even some reflections with amazing clarity and detail. I had been hoping you were off on a lovely motorhome trip. A motorhome trip with another photographer is a dream come true! HLJ, P
Great action and wildlife shot! The lead bird looks like a tern while the second looks like a gull. I don't think they were any danger to the cygnets but mom isn't and wouldn't take any chances. I am surprised she is not being a bit more agressive with the hoverers.