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A few weeks ago, the following pair of swans was swimming up and down Spring Lake, which should be renamed Swan Lake, at the Abbott Marshlands. They did not mind my walking along the shore and taking their pictures as they swam gracefully looking for plants to eat.

Mute Swans couple

Mute Swans

Mute Swans

Mute Swans

Mute Swans

Mute Swans

Mute Swans and Mallard

Mute Swan to Mallards: Good day to you!

Mute Swan

Mute Swan close-up. Both swans had a similar size black knob at base of their bill. During mating season, the male knob swells in size, but this couple had finished breeding for the year, and I could not tell which one was the male. 

I was told that this pair are permanent residents of the area. They do not migrate to other places like other swans. They breed, raise their cygnets and those eventually fly away, unless they are killed by predators.

 

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