These two swans appear to be well-versed in necking, as they were discovered getting ready for Valentine’s Day while forming a loving heart shape.
The lovely picture of the courting birds engaging in their traditional mating ceremony was taken by engineer Paul Biggs, 51, at Waverley Lakes in Orgreave, Yorkshire.
Dad-of-three Paul, who lives in Sheffield, said: “The photo makes me smile, as it shows such tenderness and love – the swans are in a deep relationship.
“Swans are known for their beauty, grace, and courtship, which means expressing their devotion and love. Swans are often content to live with their partner for the rest of their lives.
“When I put up the photo, I believe 95 percent of the reaction I got was from women — everyone was talking about love and how it was a great photo for Valentine’s Day.
“The courtship dance was a symbol of devotion, perfect love. I’ve seen swans demonstrate affection and love before.”
The Waverley Lakes is located on the site of the Orgreave Colliery, where the Battle of Orgreave – a bloody confrontation between striking miners and police – took place during the coal miners’ strikes in 1984.
Paul and his wife had seen swans showing courtship dance, but they’d never been able to get the perfect shot.
Paul discovered photography three years ago and said since then, his passion has continued to grow.
He said: The photo made me appreciate nature’s beauty. I love photographing wildlife, nature, sunsets, and gorgeous scenery.
“I enjoy being out there with a camera – it’s great to snap whatever you see.”
It’s all about patience and being in the right place at the right time — I’ve seen swans interact before and captured some decent shots, but wildlife is so fickle that when you get a good shot, it’s really gratifying.
“Photography allows me to unwind and relax. I’m fortunate to have a wife who understands my passion and supports it.
“I was only there for an hour, but I spend a lot of time at Waverley lakes because they are only 10 minutes from where I work.”