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The World As We See It , or as we missed it … February 2012

Young Black Swan – Cygnus atratus, resting after the tiring efforts of preening at
Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, Australia.

In the beginning A Soft and Fluffy Beauty

Black Swan : Cygnus atratus Family: Anatidae Order: Anseriformes

In adult Black Swans the body is mostly black, with the exception of the broad white wing tips
which are visible in flight. The bill is a deep orange-red, paler at the tip, with a distinct narrow
white band towards the end. Younger birds are much greyer in colour, and have black wing tips.
Adult females are smaller than the males.

Black Swans are found throughout Australia with the exception of Cape York Peninsula, and
are more common in the south. The Black Swan has been introduced into several countries,
including New Zealand, where it is now common, and is a vagrant to New Guinea.

Growing Up Black Swan Reflected

Black Swans prefer larger salt, brackish or fresh waterways and permanent wetlands, requiring
40 m or more of clear water to take off. Outside the breeding season, Black Swans travel quite
large distances. Birds fly at night and rest during the day with other swans.

The Black Swan is a vegetarian. Food consists of algae and weeds, which the bird obtains
by plunging its long neck into water up to 1 m deep. Occasionally birds will graze on land,
but they are clumsy walkers.

Black Swan Portrait

Black Swans form isolated pairs or small colonies in shallow wetlands. Birds pair for life, with
both adults raising one brood per season. The eggs are laid in an untidy nest made of reeds
and grasses. The nest is placed either on a small island or floated in deeper water. The chicks
are covered in grey down, and are able to swim and feed themselves as soon as they hatch.

Edited from Australian Museum “Birds in Backyards” website.


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  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallalmost 5 years ago
    OMG . I love this
  • Thank you so much for your visit and comments. I visit Canberra around every 6 to 8 weeks and have followed the progress of this family since soon after the cygnets appeared in public.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1almost 5 years ago

    Magnificent.ave for me.xx
    Instant F

  • Brandie, thank you so much. These Swans are favourites of mine that I have visited frequently since first seeing them in early October last year.

    – Trish Meyer

  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyalmost 5 years ago

    love the detail, shimmer and sheer contentment in this!

  • Nadine, thank you so much for your comments and favourite.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Ray, thank you for accepting this image!

    – Trish Meyer

  • tcat757
    tcat757about 4 years ago


  • Thank you for accepting this image and for your “beautiful” comment!

    – Trish Meyer

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneabout 4 years ago
    Excellent! "Art & Collectables Sales Group.


  • Thank you for accepting this image and for your “excellent” comment!

    – Trish Meyer

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 4 years ago

    A stunning shot!!

  • Thank you for your stunning comment and fave, much appreciated!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kalmost 4 years ago

    Thanks for entering the All soft and cuddlies non featured Challenge..good luck from your hosts.

  • Kristina, thanks for your good wishes and for all you do with the group!

    – Trish Meyer

  • bearladylee
    bearladyleeabout 3 years ago

    Love this so sweet!

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comments and fave ! I enjoyed “following” this family over several months, at intervals weeks apart on my visits to Canberra.

    – Trish Meyer

  • bearladylee
    bearladyleeabout 3 years ago

    wonderful subject you are a lucky man.

  • They are indeed wonderful subjects, particularly “on the water”. On land they have a rather ungainly walk. I am a lucky woman :)

    – Trish Meyer

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