The Travels of Tug 44


Mute Swan






A beautiful Mute Swan shows off while cruising a farm pond in Fort Edward. They can be distinguished from the other two types of swans by the orange bill and the knob on their forehead. They are not native to North America, they were introduced from Europe in the late 1800s.   high-res



Mute Swans generally travel in pairs and love to do synchronized swimming. Often they snooze a bit with their neck laying back on their body and the head tucked under a wing ... while still paddling slowly. The male of the pair is a bit larger than the female.   high-res



This one is about to stick his head right into the muck ... they eat by grazing the bottom in the shallows.   high-res



The dark thing sticking out the back of this Mute Swan is his foot. They do this and let one foot dry out and warm up, while they continue paddling with the other one.   high-res

The Mute Swan, one of the most stunningly beautiful birds out there.




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