Ugly ducklings?

It has now been around 6 weeks since the mute swans cygnets left their nest and I am relieved to report, all five youngsters are still alive and thriving under the care of their devoted parents.

The cygnets have grown rapidly in this short space of time. Gone are the cute, grey balls of fuzz, replaced by rather gawky, scruffy looking birds with a covering of untidy brown-grey feathers. Perhaps it at this stage where the term ‘ugly duckling’ comes from. Although I still think they are beautiful!

Here they are at 3 weeks old:

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