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Population Control or Cruelty?

One of the most lovelyl, graceful and photogenic photographic subjects.. For years, I tried to document the life cycle of this bird. From the mating dance that starts towards the end of the Fall season to the breeding season in the Spring. Summer is the time to watch those cute cygnets (baby swans) floating around and see them grow and change into adulthood. I am sad that this summer I may not be able to see the young baby Mute Swans again. There was an article in the Toronto Star entitled " For mute swans, parenthood ends in a lake of tears" , a sad story how the Greater Toronto area is trying to "manage" their population. By “managed ", it meant their eggs are sprayed with vegetable oil so oxygen can’t pass through the shell — smothering the embryo. "This is better than smashing the shells, as the mothers don’t catch on and therefore don’t start laying anew".

  

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Taken on April 13, 2012