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In powerful flight, Mute Swans present a graceful spectacle and make an exciting, unmistakable sound-a throbbing 'wing music'. Britain's only resident swans, they are quieter than the migrant species but not entirely mute, they hiss and snort when angry, and can even honk weakly,The Mute Swan is the world's second heaviest flying bird, only slightly behind the Kori bustard of Africa, and can weigh 18kg. A serene appearance belies its aggressiveness when breeding,...

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Taken on May 31, 2009