One of my earliest childhood musical recollections is Danny Kaye (born David Daniel Kaminsky; January 18, 1911 – March 3, 1987, source WIKI) singing The Ugly Duckling from the film Hans Christian Andersen (1952), a classic my Dad ensured I saw when it came on television many years later.
I had The Ugly Duckling on a 78 rpm record, the B side of which was The King’s New Clothes.
I have always been fascinated how anyone could think of cygnets as being ugly, but then in the song he thought he was a duck and so didn’t look like any of his ‘siblings’.
As you know, we are in close proximity to both ducks and swans here, and have been watching them rear their young families both in and out of the marina.
On our travels, we have seen swan families of 6 or 7 young, and I am pleased to say that most on the river have survived.
At one of the locks last time, we had a pair of swans approach the boat with their babies.
Unfortunately, there appears to be only one survivor here, but he is far from ugly.