Swans will both display before mating, then mate for life. They are devoted to each other, and remain together throughout the year. They keep their young with them until they nest again, some staying through a second clutch. If one of a pair of swans dies, the survivor usually takes a new mate, and they form a dedicated pair. Breeding
Swans usually mature in two to three years, and breed at around 3-4 years of age. The northern birds do not breed until their fifth or sixth year.
In their bulky nests, females do most of the egg incubation. The average clutch is about five eggs, but may be as many as ten. Incubation lasts about 30 days. Cygnets first learn to float in the water, then start to fly in about 60-75 days. Swans molt in July and August, when their cygnets are too young to fly.
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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Outstanding capture love it.

  • Many thanks Julie!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 2 years ago

    A great shot Deb and interesting info. I would argue the fact that the cygnets fly from 60 to 75 days.
    In the shot I recently posted the cygnet is about three months old and it won’t fly for at least another two months. Cheers Mate.

  • Many thanks Al, ours are nesting again but in a quite inaccessible spot. Good for them but not so good for the photographers. That info comes from Birds In Backyards and I know they do a lot of research. Ours definitely fly before five months, I’ve seen them chasing each other around! Different areas maybe, quite a few threats here, foxes, eels and raptors!

    – byronbackyard

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 2 years ago

    Thanks Deb. I stand corrected. Yours must eat their weet-bix. Hugs Mate

  • Lol, I think they’re all individuals same as humans!

    – byronbackyard

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 2 years ago

    Love this… “Fave…”

  • Many thanks Qnita!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 2 years ago

    April 22, 2012

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

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    rocamiadesignover 2 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

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