Hi. The Queen (of England) owns “all unmarked, mute swans in open water”. Appears the ones who spoke up managed to save their down. There’s even an annual Swan Upping event if you care to take a look.
Swan Upping doesn’t occur Down Under. However, Swan-Upmanship does! :)
David beat me to it this morning, with his own black swan sketch. I’m glad he did. And grateful for his encouragement to further ‘disprove’ white-swan-only theory. (But really, how bizarre to have snapped the same thing; sketching the same hi road).
On a side note, I looked to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) flag, home to these swans. With a shield in the middle “…the supporters are a black swan and white swan, symbolising the Aboriginal and European races. Source: a Federal Gubberment website. This Hometown of mine needs a few theories disproved.
”All up!” — cried the Queen’s Swan Uppers.