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Nesting all over Britain except in the far north, the Mute Swan Cignus olor is one of the largest flying birds in the world and lays 4-6 eggs in a huge nest, often 4m across. The cygnets do not fly for 4-5 months during which time they are protected by both parents and often carried on the back of the female (pen). Since the ban on lead fishing weights in inlands waterways in 1987, Mute swan populations have made a remarkable recovery.

Photograph by Andrew Parkinson

About Andrew Parkinson

Andy is a contributing photographer to National Geographic magazine and a multi-award winning wildlife photographer. As well as winning two categories he also won the overall title of Bird Photographer of the Year 2016 and has had over 30 awarded images in the British Wildlife Photography Awards, winning three categories along the way. He’s also been awarded 3 times in both Wildlife Photographer of the Year and European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and in 2012 was named Nature Photojournalist of the Year. He prefers to work close to his home in Derbyshire and works exclusively with animals and birds that are wild and free.

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