I am apparently an amateur swan whisperer - when I call them they come to me. Back in May of this year, I posted a blog about them coming to visit. Three months later, mom and dad and four cygnets are still alive and thriving.
They came by recently to say hi.
Flanked by mom and dad and sibling, the one in the middle is talking to me. Really.
Here, I instructed them (in secret swan language of course) to turn and look to their left for a profile portrait. They were most obliging as you can see.
Of the original seven cygnets, four have made it to adulthood. That is uncommon in my observation on this pond over the years - between exposure, snapping turtles, hawks, whatever other predators - usually only one or two survive to adulthood.