Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Behold the Gowanus Canal Swans

Gowanus Swans

We spotted the actual Gowanus Canal swans and got them in photos and on video. We watched one of them swim from the Union Street Bridge to the Third Street Bridge, where it joined its mate and paddled around for while. We don't know if they understand that Prospect Park Lake is just a short flight away, but they're certainly a lot of fun to watch. The vid is below.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


Actually, when I first photographed the baby swans (cygnets) in Prospect Park, and learned that a set had been born the year before, I asked the Parks Department what happens to them after the summer. I was told that a pair of swans, who generally mate for life, are so protective of their waterway that they chase out even their children. So, that is why you generally only see one pair in a body of water. Perhaps these swans were also kicked out of Prospect Park.


9:29 AM  
Anonymous red hook said...

Yes, both those swans in the photograph are still relatively young.

5:06 PM  

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