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Swans Protected by the Queen's charter as they are considered as an endangered species. These birds belong to the Crown under an ancient charter and the queen has the prerogative right of ownership for all the mute swans in England and Wales.


Swans feed in the water and on land. They are almost entirely herbivorous, although they may eat small amounts of aquatic animals. In the water food is obtained by up-ending or dabbling, and their diet is composed of the roots, tubers, stems and leaves of aquatic and submerged plants.

Although swans only reach sexual maturity between 4 and 7 years of age, they can form socially monogamous pair bonds from as early as 20 months that last for many years, and in some cases these can last for life. The lifespan of the Mute Swan is often over 10 years, and sometimes over 20, whereas the Black-necked Swan survives for less than a decade in captivity. These bonds are maintained year round, even in gregarious and migratory species like the Tundra Swan, which congregate in large flocks in the wintering grounds. The nest is on the ground near water and about a metre across. Unlike many other ducks and geese the male helps with the nest construction. Average egg size (for the mute swan) is 113×74 mm, weighing 340 g, in a clutch size of 4 to 7, and an incubation period of 34–45 days. With the exception of the whistling ducks they are the only anatids where the males aid in incubating the eggs.

Mute swan threatens a photographer in Toyako, Japan
Swans are known to aggressively protect their nests. One man was suspected to have drowned in such an attack. Info Wiki.

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  • Copyright: Iain Richardson (RhodieIke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 819 W: 1 N: 2616] (11512)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-01-11
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-01-17 12:14
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