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OS Wallpaper Download: May 2022

OS Team • • May 04, 2022 • 3 minutes

OS Wallpaper Download: May 2022 - Swans at Waddon Ponds by Peter Trimming

Head out to many parks or lakes at this time of the year and you will find many birds are nesting and raising chicks. Swans are one of the most visible and are often found escorting their cygnets on land and water. This photo was taken by Peter Trimming on May 2021

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There's several species of swan that are found in the UK - mute, whooper, Bewick's and the Australian black swan, but they all are highly sociable and mate for life. The males (called cobs) and the females (pens) look very similar, and will work together to both protect the next and raise their young. The cygnets are born small, grey/brown and very, very cute. Over the following months they will grow in size to match their parents, eventually transforming to white plumage (or black) as they mature, typically by the end of the year.

Wild swans generally can forage for enough food though the summer, but if you want to feed them the RSPB recommends grains such as wheat or corn and fresh greens such as lettuce or spinach, although they can also eat fresh bread in moderation. The food should be thrown onto the water so they are not encouraged to come on to land, which places them at risk from predators and traffic.

Useful Links

RSPB: Mute Swan

The Swan Sanctuary: Swan FAQ

This photograph was submitted to Geograph by Peter Trimming. Peter's photography has been featured in previous wallpaper images and is the author of Belinda: The Forest How Red Squirrel (Amazon link).

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