Two weeks after the other photos on this page were taken, when I first saw the cygnet, now about six or seven weeks old, he was all by himself, swimming in the shade under the trees. His parents were nowhere to be seen, not in the lake nor on the island, and he looked a little forlorn. I stayed around the lake for about an hour and there was no sign of them. I went to another part of the garden and when I returned the adult birds had reappeared, and he was frolicking around them, but I think they may be preparing to leave him now. They have taught him to feed himself, and he is almost old enough to be left to his own devices while he grows into an adult swan. More and more prolonged absences will prepare him for life on his own.