Black Swan and White Swan

For the Weekly Photo Challenge, I posted some photos I had taken of a black swan I had encountered at the Casela Nature Park in Mauritius. The swan I featured in my previous post was not the only one I saw that day:

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
Black Swan. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

This one was in a larger pond and kept itself aloof from the other water birds.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
Close-up of Black Swan. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Even though we were close to this striking bird, we were wary to be too close as neither of us wanted to be pecked by that powerful beak.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
Black Swan in a Pond (2). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

We also saw some beautiful white swans. This one opened its wings for us:

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
White Swan in pond. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

And then continued with its grooming routine:

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
White Swan grooming itself. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

We waited patiently for the swan to finish grooming; but it continued its practice with no thought to our growing impatience.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
White swan grooming itself (2). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Eventually our patience won out; but she was not in the mood to slide gracefully in the water.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
White swan. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Maybe that will be for another day. We moved on to our next stop and left the park, satisfied that we had seen a range of beautiful birds and plants.

Which do you find more beautiful? The black or the white swan?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

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