After hatching, Black Swan cygnets are tended by the parents for about 9 months until fledging. This includes being rounded up for naps and preening and following parental commands! Cygnets may ride on their parent’s back for longer trips into deeper water, but Black Swans undertake this behaviour less frequently than Mute and Black-necked Swans.
The chicks are covered in grey down, and are able to swim and feed themselves as soon as they hatch. They are however very vulnerable until they are able to fly.
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  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...about 2 years ago

    What a fabulous capture!!

    xx Donna.

  • Many thanks Donna!

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  • Kirstyshots
    Kirstyshotsabout 2 years ago


  • Many thanks!

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  • myraj
    myrajabout 2 years ago

    WOW! Beautifully presented and interesting reading.. Looks great viewed larger.

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture

  • Many thanks Larry!

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • joycee
    joyceeabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful shot!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

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  • Fara
    Faraabout 2 years ago

    This is really wonderful…………………….I tried to get close to some black swans yesterday but they were too far out on the lake………………………I like this setting better………………….Joyce

  • Many thanks Joyce, I’m amazed it turned out, it was a grey, drizzling rain day in the wetlands!

    – byronbackyard

  • Maria1606
    Maria1606about 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture!!

  • Many thanks Maria!

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