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The mute swan (Cygnus olor) is a species of swan, and thus a member of the waterfowl family Anatidae. It is native to much of Europe and Asia, and (as a rare winter visitor) the far north of Africa. It is an introduced species in North America, Australasia and southern Africa. The name 'mute' derives from it being less vocal than other swan species. Measuring 125 to 170 cm in length, this large swan is wholly white in plumage with an orange bill bordered with black. It is recognisable by its pronounced knob atop the bill, which is larger in males.
Mute swans nest on large mounds that they build with waterside vegetation in shallow water on islands in the middle or at the very edge of a lake. They are monogamous and often reuse the same nest each year, restoring or rebuilding it as needed. Male and female swans share the care of the nest, and once the cygnets are fledged it is not uncommon to see whole families looking for food.They feed on a wide range of vegetation, both submerged aquatic plants which they reach with their long necks, and by grazing on land. The food commonly includes agricultural crop plants such as oilseed rape and wheat, and feeding flocks in the winter may cause significant crop damage, often as much through trampling with their large webbed feet, as through direct consumption.
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- [2016-01-28 11:09]
hi Marius,very friendly specie this time,but the pic is very artistic,a masterwork with a White carpet in background and the best sharpness and exposure.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
- [2016-01-28 18:24]
An attractive shot of these gorgeous Mute Swan in this crisp winter scene. Very eye catching composition while showing excellent detail. Exposure is perfect and they posed so nicely for you.
ODD NUMBER composition and REFLECTION......
Well captured them in their natural habitat. It would be better if BG horizontal ice edge didn't cross the middle Swan's head.
Thanks for sharing,
great composition with nice details and lovely colours
thanks gr lou
- [2016-01-30 1:11]
Also in our river are occasionally seen these beautiful birds.
Nice winter photo.
This is amazing picture. Birds with snow is amazing.