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Tragedy on the Heath as male swan dies

PUBLISHED: 13:49 04 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:00 07 November 2016

Newbie with his family before the tragic accident

Newbie with his family before the tragic accident

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One of the Heath’s last remaining male swans has died in a tragic flight accident.

Pen returns to the boating pond to look for her matePen returns to the boating pond to look for her mate

The male cob, named Mr Newbie by swan lovers, was flying with his female mate Pen towards Highgate Number 1 Pond when he the accident happened.

Photographer Ron Vester, who has taken thousands of pictures of the swans on Hampstead Heath, said: “The cob hit a building and sadly died on the spot soon after.

“This male some five or six years a resident on heath was a dominant character walkers have watched his adventures over the years,” he said.”

He said the female swan Pen went back to The Model Boating pond and was seen searching for her mate.

“Now only one swan family remain on the Hampstead ponds,” he said.

This photograph was taken by Mr Vester, nicknamed Swan Vester for his love of the swans, the last time he saw the family together a day before the accident.

The other picture shows Pen who was returned by a sanctuary volunteer to the Model Boating Pond.

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