Swan puts her wing around her cygnets by Noel Marry (6 images)

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A female swan pulls her cygnets close with a protective wing to keep them warm.

All eight cygnets have squeezed under their mother's large wing while the male swan swims close by to take a look at the new arrivals.

Noel Marry, who owns a metal roofing business, spotted the female swan making her nest and decided to return 42 days later when the eggs were expected to hatch.

When he returned to the private lake in Grangebellew, Drogheda, County Louth,...
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