National Geographic : 1958 Jul
super AnscoOCrollne (alove) anu loaacnlronle y .Naional uleogrataPillC 1IIlt)LUogrilIr UiC1tLr. ,1lll Scarlet-shirted Queen's men corral fledglings be tween two of the fleet's six skiffs. Dyers in blue jer seys fly their banner; Vintners wear stripes. In six days of work between London and Henley on Thames, 15 men round up most of the region's 960 swans. Captors tie the legs of swans behind their backs and clip wings to keep the birds out of high-tension wires. The Queen's cygnets go free, unmarked; the guilds' are nicked on the beak with a penknife. In turn, the birds often inflict their own nicks.