8th September. One of the cygnets did not survive the fortnight.
16th September. This was the first time I'd seen the swans stray from the edge of the pond.
1st October. The swanlings are often out of the pond now but never far from their parents. Maybe this is the stage that inspired the term 'ugly duckling' but I think of it affectionately as the 'lamington phase', very coconutty! As well as resembling coconut iced sponge ... I'm also reminded of an emu. Quote me in your school assignment at your peril!
In the following photo the body shape resemblence to an emu is clearer.