Mute Swans sunbathing On 22nd August 1968, on the Lancashire side of Windermere, I saw a family of five Mute Swans Cygnus olor on a gravel bank. They were quite tame and did not move off when I sat down ten yards away. The sun then came out and they started sunning themselves. The adults each spread out one leg and wing on the side facing the sun, extending the wing down over the leg so that the t...

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