Photo of the day: Newly hatched Cygnets usher in start of summer
A pair of recently hatched cygnets walk along the water’s edge at the Abbotsbury Swannery near Weymouth, England on May 11. The Benedictine Monks who maintained the Abbotsbury Swannery from 1000 AD up to the 1540s believed the first cygnet hatching of the spring, which usually occured between mid-May and late June, signaled the official start of summer.
This kingfisher amused wildlife photographer Tony Flashman by reversing roles. Mr Flashman was setting up staged perches for birds to land on near a stream in Deal, Kent when he looked around and saw the colourful bird sat on his camera. I had to do a double take when I saw the kingfisher sat on my camera, she was meant to be in front of it, he said. Picture: Tony Flashman / Rex Features
Little owl (Athene noctua) pair perched, courtship behaviour, Spain.
Picture: Nature Picture Library / Rex Features
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