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A Black Swan nest is essentially a large heap or mound of reeds, grasses and weeds between 1 and 1.5 metres (3-4½ feet) in diameter and up to 1 metre high, in shallow water or on islands. A nest is reused every year, restored or rebuilt as needed. Both parents share the care of the nest. A typical clutch contains 4 to 8 greenish-white eggs that are incubated for about 35–40 days. Incubation begins after the laying of the last egg, in order to synchronise the hatching of the chicks. Prior to the commencement of incubation the parent will sit over the eggs without actually warming them. Both sexes incubate the eggs, with the female incubating at night. The change over between incubation periods is marked by ritualised displays by both sexes. If eggs accidentally roll out of the nest both sexes will retrieve the egg using the neck (in other swan species only the female performs this feat).
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  • virginian
    virginianover 3 years ago

    This is sweeter with the little ones gathered closer. A fav.

  • Many thanks, they’re too cute for words!

    – byronbackyard

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    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

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  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneover 3 years ago
  • Many thanks Joycelone, very happy making, love the little cuties being featured!

    – byronbackyard

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    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    1 image per day / April 24, 2011 / Limit 20

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    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 3 years ago

    April 28, 2011

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making!

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