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Re: Additional Mate?
By:The Regal Swan
Date: 18 December 2015
In Response To: Additional Mate? (Rachelle)

Hi Rachel

More than likely, you are seeing an extended family. Not always, but sometimes older cygnets returning to the area will be allowed to join up with the new cygnets once they have reached a certain age. The older swan is probably a female and the adults don't feel threatened by her being around. She is probably a year old and has not yet found a mate. By 2 years of age, she will be chased from the area to find a mate. Having said this, she could take a mate from one of the new cygnets once they reach 1-2 years of age, especially the oldest cygnet. The Regal Swan

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Additional Mate? -- Rachelle -- 18 December 2015
Re: Additional Mate? -- The Regal Swan -- 18 December 2015