M is for Mute Swan


Making their homes anywhere there is water and a quietish spot for nesting, swans are said to belong to the Queen.  Not that I think she has much need of a big, tough bird like a swan to impress her diners these days.  Often seen flying over and swimming on the Camel they have become a common and beautiful sight, with sigmoid neck, arcing wings and a big orange beak.

* swan illustration from RSPB

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