There is a shiver of wonder, a breaking of a spell and merging of dream consciousness upon the sighting of a swan. These mystical birds symbolize beauty, grace, purity, light and love. They have entranced writers and composers, as in Tchaikovsky’s ballet, Swan Lake, based on a Russian folk tale, the story of a princess turned into a swan by a sorcerer. Swans also feature in mythology in varied cultures including Ancient Greek and Hinduism, where they are referred to as “Hamsa”,representing perfect union, balance and life. These water birds are herbivores and pairs mate for life.