Faces Of The Day

May 18 2010 @ 7:18pm

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Cygnets sit beside their mother who is nesting at Abbotsbury Swannery – the only publicly accessible colony of nesting mute swans in the world – on May 18, 2010 in Dorset, England. The arrival of the cygnets is traditionally seen as the start of summer and local traditions claim the Benedictine Monks who owned the swannery between 1000 AD and the 1540s believed the first cygnet signaled the season's first day. Abbotsbury Swannery's mute swans – up to 1,000 in total – are all free flying, and are not kept in cages. By Matt Cardy/Getty Images.