Till today I thought there are only one species os swans… well not true! There are three different species in Latvia. These ones (below in the picture) are Mute swans (Cygnus olor).
These two are in the pond next to our grandmother’s house. Beautiful birds. And so big! I had the chance to see them very close the other day and I would say they are like a small boat that slides through the water and I can imagine small baby swans sitting inside easily.
P.S. These swans are here cause they want to be there, not because someone decides they are here. For example, city Gulben has swans in the city park’s lake, but they are with cut wings so they can’t fly away. At the winter time they live in a barn and in the spring they are brought back to the Gulbene’s lake. It’s SAD! It’s more than SAD! Who was so stupid to make such decision! And it’s all because swan (Gulbis in Latvian) is Gulbene’s symbol. Crazy!