Mute swan sitting on a nest in the snow

Mute swan sitting on a nest in the snow

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Credit: DUNCAN SHAW/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mute swan (Cygnus olor) sitting on a nest in the snow. Mute swans are found in temperate areas of Europe, western Asia and the Russian maritimes. They feed primarily on insects and aquatic vegetation. A pair of swans usually mate for life and the female can produce up to 8 eggs. Photographed in Gaasperplas Park, Amsterdam, Holland, in March.

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