Friday, May 22, 2009

Today I Saw a Cygnet Hatch!

Hello Mama
It was exhausting getting out of the shell!
Just out
You can see the crack in the egg.

We Visited the Swannery at Abbotsbury today and were luck enough to watch a cygnet hatch The photos came up in the wrong order but you can see the progress which took place over a period of about 20 minutes.

Abbotsbury Swannery conserves the only managed colony of nesting Mute swans in the world.Mute Swans are usually fiercely territorial by nature and it is therefore rare to see so many nesting swans in such close proximity to each other.but there are up to 150 pairs on a 2acre nesting site.There are often more than 600 adult swans on the site. In England the crown claims ownership of Mute swans with only three exceptions one of which is Abbotsbury. In1543 the Strangways family was given the right to claim ownership of all the nesting swans on the site and the family still own the swannery today,


Pete said...


Jan said...

Oh wow, that's great Mary, what an amazing thing to watch, good timing eh? ;o)

valli said...

hello mary just popping past and was glad to see you are still blogging - sorry to read about Raffles - I hope Missy is OK. hugs to you both -

val,abe & happy