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The Swan who drifted

The Unwanted As I walked around Mill Pond on Long Island I noticed the beauty and splendor of this particular swan. It was as though it was lost and drifting along in loneliness. Mute swans are an non-native, invasive species first brought here in the late 1800's for their beauty. These swans are most numerous on Long Island and in the lower Hudson Valley. They are the largest bird in New York and in recent years have been under scrutiny and observation. Although Swans may be in abundance and may cause a variety of problems they are still a protected species by the New York State Environmental Conservation Law. There is no question the beauty of this bird and the symbol it has given to so many- the symbol of love. This swan was so peaceful and seemed to fit so beautifully in it's environment. So for now they are safe, but for how long?

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2015
Date Uploaded: 07.2016
Photo Location: Wantagh, New York, United States of America
Camera: SCH-I535
Copyright: © kimberly stack