There are two pairs of Mute Swans on Swan Lake in the old village of Markham. One of the pairs have two 'ugly ducklings' or cygnets to care for. Today, at the lake, the male swan with the two cygnets spent most of the afternoon chasing off the male swan of the other pair. It was amusing at first but quickly wore thin and I soon preferred the quiet interludes of peaceful swans.
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