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Almost two years ago, I saw this beautiful cygnet swimming on a pond at the Abbott Marshlands next to the Delaware river.

Young Swan.

Young Swan.

The parents were watching close by and enticed her (I am assuming it was a female) to swim away with them.

Young Swan and parents.

Young Swan and parents.

The young Mute Swan was almost full size, and differed from her parents by her feather colors and a gray bill. Here’s a look at the three of them preening together.

Three Mute Swans preening.

Three Mute Swans preening.

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