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Mute Swan Cygnet

Observed: 16th September 2013 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in Birds
Mute Swan cygnet, Fowlmere, 2013-09-16 004
Mute Swan cygnet, close-up, Fowlmere, 2013-09-16 003
Mute Swan cygnet, close-up, Fowlmere, 2013-09-16 002
Description:

A very handsome bird.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) interacts

Comments

the naturalist man's picture

Young bird

It's not a swan it's an ugly duckling!

Graham Banwell

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Simon Walker's picture

Good Morning, Graham

That's slander, that is... It's all in the eye of the beholder. Though I must confess they aren't my favourite bird.

;-)

the naturalist man's picture

Ugly duckling

Slander! Well sue me!

I'll call on almost every child in Britain as witnesses and produce hundreds of adaptations, in countless languages, of the old folk tale as evidence; even by such renown authors as Hans Christian Anderson!

What can you provide as evidence for slander Sir?

I must admit I've never understood the tale of the ugly duckling, not only are cygnets not ugly but who on earth could mistake one for a mallard duckling? Putting aside the obvious size difference, they don't even look the same. Mind you I suppose cuckoos get away with it.

Graham Banwell

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Simon Walker's picture

Cuckoos

Not as Cygnets they don't. Nor as ducklings.

My prejudice against swans goes back many years, when I was in a canoe and a large Mute Swan attacked me. I overturned...

I've ALMOST forgiven them, after forty years. ;-)

Simon

PS As far as the slander goes, you condemn yourself; first you claim that HCA's story gives your claim validity, then you admit that it's not true. Ha! You can't have it both ways.

the naturalist man's picture

Stories

Touche!

Graham Banwell

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Simon Walker's picture

Laughing

Graham, it's nice to talk to people with a decent sense of humour. I'll stop there before you get stuck in the doorway... ;-)

Regards

Simon