Each year they return to our pond in mid April and stay for a week. We noticed them yesterday, a male and female, swimming together. The other day a drake sat alone on our bridge.
We stopped the car and just watched. Their arrival heralds spring and each year we eagerly await their visit.
I got out, to get a closer look with my camera, and they swam faster in the opposite direction. . .
not knowing if I was friend or foe.
He seemed to hurry her along . . .
faster and faster . . .
until he felt she was safe.
Can you see her?
You can tell he was comfortable because he started to preen his feathers. . .
He swam just past her, but every now and then would stop and look around.
He knew she was close by, safe and sound, camouflaged in the cattail reeds
happy day. . . happy spring!