OK - so I didn't manage to capture all 9 swans at once, but here are five of them!
I was visiting friends who have a home on the Shrewsbury River on the coast of NJ. They had been telling me about a pair of swans that came by once or twice a day. Bird Lady that I am, I was hoping to catch a glimpse of them while I was there.
Wouldn't you know, but I hadn't even sat down yet when a pair of swans came a-swimming along... followed by another pair... and another... until a total of nine graceful swans were swimming by the house. My host told me to go on out to the dock and the swans would come up close - looking for food, of which I had none. I did. They did. And so you have some close-up photos of these beautiful birds on the water.
Before I even left home this morning, I managed to capture Mr. Cardinal a couple of times...
All in all, a pretty good birding day, wouldn't you say?!!!