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|From the grace of Swan Lake to the charm of The Ugly Duckling, the swan is a popular figure in British and European culture. |
The elegant birds that glide across the water with their long necks stylishly arched have been material for myths and legends since storytelling began.
Since ancient times and in many countries the swan has been a symbol of gracefulness and a favorite motif for music, art, literature and legends In Greek mythology, Zeus in the form of a swan courted Leda and fathered Apollo. One of Wagner's operas is woven around the old German story of Lohengrin, the knight of the swan "Swan Lake" is the famous ballet by Tschaikovsky.
Swans take off by running across the water as fast as they can with their wings flapping. Once airborne they can reach speeds of up to 55mph.
When swans come into land on water the feet behave like water-skis and enable the swan to glide gently to a halt (a much more elegant procedure than take-off).
The V-shaped formation adopted by swans flying in groups is called a 'wedge'.
The usually silent Mute Swans can be heard to make hissing, snorting and even barking noises when they are angry. This situation usually occurs when a territorial male swan is chasing away an intruder.
The mute swan will instinctively defend its nest and young cygnets from human disturbance. It is unlikely that they will attack humans, but swans are best given a wide berth in spring and summer months.
This swan is in Belgrade's zoo.
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Nice capture, classic POV and pose. A better exposure would have been better.