Is this Hampstead's proudest new family?

Wildlife photographer Ron Vester captured this proud Hampstead Heath family on film. The cygnets were born last month to a swan couple who live on the Number One Pond. Mr Vester spotted some of the new arrivals hitching a ride on their father s back on hi

Wildlife photographer Ron Vester captured this proud Hampstead Heath family on film.

The cygnets were born last month to a swan couple who live on the Number One Pond. Mr Vester spotted some of the new arrivals hitching a ride on their father's back on his way over to fight some rivals.

"These are the pride and joy of the Heath and everyone who goes there. It's the same couple from the Number One Pond who had cygnets last year," he said.

"The male takes his whole family across by foot to the Number Three Pond so he can show them off when he battles with the males there. It's awful really."


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Regular Quirky Corner readers will recall Ron's arresting image of two swans embracing on Valentine's Day. If you have a picture you think should be featured, email it to letters@hamhigh.co.uk.

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