Cormorant in Fredrikstad
Mute swan male rivalry
The Drop (Original name in Norwegian: Fallet) is one of several installations made by students at Glemmen High School. The installations are placed around the moats of the fortified town in Fredrikstad. The sunset gave the exhibition new colors.
Two young great crested grebes
Great crested grebe in the moats
Swans and cygnets
Now I know what baby swans are called. I had to check. Cygnets. The word is diminutive of Old French ‘cigne’ which means ‘swan’. It comes from Latin ‘cycnus’ and from Greek ‘kyknos’. Who knew that looking at birds could end up in an etymology lesson? And furthermore, how could anyone call a cygnet an ugly duckling? They’re are the cutest, softest looking things I have ever seen.