We stopped at Lake Taupo (North Island), New Zealand and spotted a black swan and her 5 youngsters.
Three of them stayed together while the other two were away from the group mixing with the local ducks.
Kind of like the story of the "Ugly Duckling", but we know how the story ends!
Mom is proud!
She keeps an eye on us!
...only a moment of shut eye!
She is constantly in and out of the water...now she's going back in!
Magnificent white under her wings...