June 12, 2014

Warm and Fuzzy

Photograph by John Halvorson, National Geographic Your Shot

A cygnet peers out from its mother's wing at a local pond in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. According to Your Shot member John Halvorson, the adult swans arrived in February, during an unusually bad winter. "I followed them daily through the mating cycle and the nest building," he says. "When we had a brutal series of ice storms and there was little for them to eat I took them cracked corn. I became a trusted friend, so when the chicks hatched I was allowed to sit close by and photograph the adults and the newly hatched chicks. I stop by frequently to check on them. Of six eggs, four hatched, and today only two survive. They are beautiful birds."

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62 comments
erbPIX™
erbPIX™

Your excellent photo nicely summarizes the story behind it reflects to me that survival must never be taken for granted.

Parmita Srivastava
Parmita Srivastava

Nothing better than when wild animals in their own habitat start to trust you...

Viveca Skyles
Viveca Skyles

beautiful and warm shot. "mothers knows best"

Prasad Prsamy
Prasad Prsamy

the beat capture.perfect compositions and tone.

sajal dutta
sajal dutta

beautiful and humanitarian act well mr. john