I took my daughter to Lake Pupuke recently for a session on bird-photography. The weather was of curse, atrocious. It was a weekend in NZ afterall :/

The Lake is home to a number of bird species and this includes the Australian swan. The adult swans are I confess, one of the least endearing birds I've encountered. Large aggressive birds are a tad lacking in charisma.

Still, its hard to deny that juvenile birds, clothed in down, have a much greater appeal. The weather conditions were keeping this group of cygnets close to their mother. Enjoy :)