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There once was an ugly duckling....

I was intending to stop off for some more landscape photography on my journey home from Cornwall today. However, I arrived in Abbotsbury at lunchtime and decided to stop off at the swannery for lunch and the chance to see the recent arrivals there. I wasn??t disappointed ?? there were lots of very cute, fluffy cygnets and they reminded me of the song about the ugly duckling who grew up to be an elegant, beautiful swan.

All together now…. aaah! Click to enlarge for full cuteness.

One of the proud parents.

I happened to have my camera on the right settings as this Mallard took off and I was able to catch him in flight.

At every wildfowl sanctuary there's always one pheasant trying to muscle in on the action!

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    • # Artbee

      Great story.....it has such a lovely ending! Your photos tell it beautifully! Oh I almost forgot........Awwwwwwww

      2011.06.03 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Neil

      Have to agree with yellodog on #1, Kinda off the cute chart ! Wonderful set !!

      2011.06.03 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Josy

      It's a lovely set Helen, and the dela light 1 pays a great tribute in this young !

      2011.06.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

      Such a lovely post, Helen.....beautiful captures! #1 really does it for me....the light is amazing!!!

      2011.06.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Tom

      Ahhhh thats such a cute capture of the little one well done on the captures

      2011.06.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Brenda Nelson

      Ahh...the lighting in the first shot really enhances his soft feathers! And our captures in #2 & 5 really accent the markings.

      2011.06.02 Edited Reply Cancel