Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday Swan Watch V: Cuteness Overload

Inevitably I found some minor errors with my proof copy of Veiled in Shadows. So I have uploaded a corrected version to LightningSource (my printers). No doubt when I check it again there will still be minor issues. Unfortunately, the reality is that no matter how many times you check a book there will always be more things you can correct.

However, I guess that this time it will be a case of enough is enough and I will approve the proof. This means that the book should be available in print in two to four weeks.

In the mean time I have begun reformatting (again) the corrected copy to get it ready for a Kindle (and other e-formats) edition. It should be ready for e-readers at about the same time the print copy becomes available.

Now to Swan Watch for the week.

I found our swans with much more ease this week. The little family was grazing on the lawn bedside the pond.Mum (dad was close by) would walk a short distance with the babies waddling behind. Then the cygnets would flop down on the grass.The babies have grown, but they still resemble cute fuzz-balls more than anything else.
The cygnets look intently at blades of grassbefore reaching across with their necks, that are hinting of the sinuous length they will one day have, to pluck one that looks appetising enough.

Meanwhile mum fusses around to make sure they are safe.While dad keeps both eyes on me to make sure I am not getting too close.Another close up of the babies.On another pond a few hundred metres away a chestnut teal is also raising a family.When she realised I was watching she quickly lead her brood into some reed beds. I wandered around to the other side of her pond to see if I could get a closer shot. This gave me a bonus, I spotted this white-faced heron hunting in the thicker vegetation.He/she was quite successfully catching little fish.


Myrna Foster said...

Good luck finding those errors.

Those fluffy little swans are adorable.

Al said...

Hi Myrna,
The rule is no matter how many pairs of eyes look at a MS you find more the next time you look.
Adorable is the word

Jemi Fraser said...

So CUTE!!! They're growing so fast! I'm so glad you're keeping us updated on them. :)

Good luck with the proofing - it's impossible to catch them all!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Oh, Al...Those are some wonderful pictures! I love that the male swan takes such an active role in protecting the the cygnets. Thanks for sharing your world with us. :)

Al said...

Hi Jemi,
Cute is a pretty good word for these guys isn't it?
It is impossible, but the more the better (without going overboard of course).

Hi Sharon,
I was certainly happy with the piccies, the swans let me get fairly close now. I was lucky with the heron too. The chestnut teal wasn't trusting anyone near her babies!

Christine said...

In print, in two to four weeks - how exciting! Hope all goes swimmingly and with the grace of swans.

Stunning pictures. I loved that heron.

Old Kitty said...

Oh it's so good to see the Swan family all together and thriving! I wish them well and I hope the little swanlings survive!! With very attentive and protective parents they've got a fighting chance! Awww that mama chestnut teal and her babies are adorable!!!

And well done you for that great shot of the heron fishing!! That's a really amazing pic! Yay!

And good luck with the proof reading and final edits!! You're nearly there - hang on!!

Take care

Indigo said...

Thanks for the cute overload. I truly do enjoy all your pictures. Good luck with the proofing. (Hugs)Indigo

Lisa said...

Congrats on reaching the "almost there" stage with the book! I can't believe how close you got to those cygnets but I love that picture of the dad making sure you don't get any closer.

Theres just life said...

Al as usual the pictures are great. Thanks for keeping us up to date on the swans and other birds in the area.
I really glad to hear the proof is going good. Your right about just having to let go. But that is a really hard thing to do when its your baby.

Al said...

Hi Christine,
It is very exciting, we’ll see how smooth it is.
I loved the heron too, I got to within a couple of metres of him.

Hi Jennifer,
It is lovely to see them doing well. I agree about the teal, they are one cute hfamily of ducks.
I was happy with my heron piccie.
Thank you I’m going to keep on plugging away.

Hi Indigo,
You are most welcome and thank you too!

Hi Lisa,
I seem to have been “almost there for ages” but it creeps closer.
The telephoto lens makes it look like I was a bit closer than I really was. Dad is not mucking around, if I crossed his line he’d make life uncomfortable.

Hi Pamela Jo,
Thank you!
You do have to let it go in the end, no matter how many times you go over it there are always going to be new things to improve.

Vicki Rocho said...

Great pictures (per usual). Love those cygnets! It would be very hard for me NOT to pick them up for a cuddle...of course Dad might have seen to it that I changed my mind about THAT.

Claudia said...

Congratulations on your book!!! Even if you found some errors, your book is still being published and that's wonderful. Those errors can still be corrected. Thanks for sharing these amazing photos. I am in love with the black swan and her babies. ;)

Rayna M. Iyer said...

You leave me speechless, again!

There is an Award which you may or may not want to display waiting for you on my blog. It was given in all sincerity.

Al said...

Hi Vicki,
Lol. Believe me Dad would have an unfriendly response to that. He is very protective.

Hi Claudia,
Thank you!
There are always errors in the end, so I just have to let it go.
She and they are just gorgeous aren’t they?

Hi Rayna,
Thank you.
And thank you for the award. I have absolutely no issue with cute things on this blog, including awards.

Lindsay said...

Ah! The Austrailian black swans! Lovely.... thank you for sharing....

Ninette's Pacific Coast Photos said...

Love to see your birds over there. The swans are breath taking!

Amanda said...

Adorable! And you got so close, lovely!