A Day in the Life of a Cygnet

mount stewart swans and cygnetsLife is busy for the 2 day old Mount Stewart mute swan cygnets. No sooner are you awake in the morning and mum is insisting on dawn swimming lessons! Thanks to the rain, it’s taken me two whole days to get a chance to see these little guys in the feathers. Not like I hadn’t been trying, going up during lunch breaks and after work, but the wet and blustery weather meant mum was keeping them all tucked away. It transpired that today was the day for action! As soon as I got up to the lake this morning the babies were off for a little swim.
mount stewart swans and cygnetsmount stewart swans and cygnetsmount stewart swans and cygnetsThey kept close to the reeds and imitated mum and dad’s foraging for about twenty minutes before returning to the nest for nap time. It was so cute watching them try to climb up the sides of the nest. Must be hard without big bird wings!mount stewart swans and cygnetsmount stewart swans and cygnetsmount stewart swans and cygnetsmount stewart swans and cygnetsAfter a sufficient amount of drying and preening, it was time for bed! As soon as the mother swan lay down all the little cygnets hurried in to get some winged warmth. With seven brothers and sisters, it was a bit of a squeeze.mount stewart swans and cygnetsmount stewart swans and cygnetsPerhaps I should have put a cute bum alert. Look at all those downy bird butts! Here is my favourite cheeky little chops taking his place at the helm:mount stewart swans and cygnetsmount stewart swans and cygnets

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