On a little patch of open water in a frozen lake, I came acorss this
pair of Mute Swans, (Cygnus olor).
I watched them for a long time as they took turns feeding. First one, then the other.
A native of northern and central Eurasia, the Mute Swan was introduced into North America to grace the ponds of parks and estates. Escaped individuals have established breeding populations in several areas, where their aggressive behavior threatens native waterfowl.
The Mute Swan is one of the heaviest flying birds, with males (known as cobs) averaging about 12 kilograms (26 lb) and females (known as pens) more than 15 kilograms (33 lb).
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