Swan Uppong
Upping the Swans


A captured swan and cygnets rests on the river  bank

The swans and cygnets are weighed and ringed and checked for signs of disease or injury.

The cygnets are weighed using a simple sling scale.

The cygnet beaks are measured using gauges
to obtain estimates of growth rates.

All the birds are carefully examined for any sign of injury, sometimes caused by fishing hooks and line, vandalism or toxic chemicals.

Cignets are marked with a ring
The number of swans is recorded

When the swans have been weighed, marked and checked, they are returned to the river and the procession of boats continues up-river in the search for more swans.

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