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Wednesday, 24 August 2005


I took this photo a month ago on the River Thames, near Runnymede.  A local advised that the bird on the right of the photograph is the father of the 10 cygnets, and that the mother had disappeared a few weeks previously (and was therefore presumed dead).

Wikipedia has a good encylopedic description of swans, and advise that the male swan is a cob and the female swan is a pen, although these terms are seldom used nowadays. Apparently the notion that swans mate for life is a bit of a myth, but they are mostly but not exclusively monogamous (for a season, like most other birds).

I came onto this a bit late, but Khalid Jarrar of Baghdad has an interesting post about his recent arrest by the Iraq security forces.

Posted by bigblue on 24/08/2005 at 10:05 PM
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