The River Thames is home to a large population of Mute Swans. These wonderful birds, with superb plumage mate for life and usually return to the same nesting place each year to breed.
All unmarked mute swans are owned by the Monarch, who shares swan ownership with the Worshipful Company of Vintners and the Worshipful Company of Dyers, both City Livery Companies who were granted ownership by the Sovereign in the fifteenth century.
A Pair of Mute Swans
The swan on the right displays a fine plumage full of texture making these birds perfect to photograph. These two seem most content drifting on the slow flowing River Thames on a sunny winter afternoon, just above Marlow Bridge
Another portrait, which to me demonstrates the incredible grace displayed by these large aquatic birds.
On the Wing
Swans in flight are also wonderfully graceful and often fly as a group in a “V” formation. Swans are great to photograph as the sound of their wings in flight give you ample waring of the impending arrival.
If you would like to see more of my swan images please visit my swan gallery at http://www.chrishotton.com