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“The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is a species of swan, and thus a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is native to much of Europe and Asia, and (as a rare winter visitor) the far north of Africa. It is also 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 centimetres 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.
Adults of this large swan range from 125 to 170 centimetres (49 to 67 in) long with a 200 to 240 centimetres (79 to 94 in) wingspan. They may stand over 120 centimetres (47 in) tall on land.” Wikipedia

Mute Swans are an introduced species in Ontario that had become a problem in some areas. They are agressive and will drive out the native swan species.

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Comments

  • dougie1page2
    dougie1page2almost 5 years ago

    they are aggressive, wherein, they lay claim to an area and will defend that area against all comers, whilst nesting, and rearing their young, which presents the photographer with amazing opportunities! they can however be befreinded by a human, and will bring the brood to them for your pleasure.
    i just love mute swans

  • One just has to leave them alone during their nesting time, the male is not afraid of anything.

    – Michael Cummings

  • Akkra
    Akkraalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely shot, love that reflection! So many things that I never knew about Mute Swans… I didn’t know they were aggressive. What I do know about them is you should never feed several of them at once unless you actually want them to come swarming onto your boat and chase you around the deck! :o)

  • Thank you Zoe

    – Michael Cummings

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot, Michael.

  • Thank you Aunt Dot

    – Michael Cummings

  • deb cole
    deb colealmost 5 years ago

    He’s just a youngster. Beautiful composition, love the detail in the wing.

  • Not sure if he is young or not I just know he is huge. He got out of the water close to me.

    – Michael Cummings

  • saseoche
    saseochealmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful and brilliant capture!

  • Thank you very much

    – Michael Cummings

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBluealmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful work Michael. The reflections are awesome. We have black swans here and they are aggressive also.

  • We have one pair that are in the city, might have been a gift from someone, they are amazing looking with their bright red bills

    – Michael Cummings

  • TxGimGim
    TxGimGimalmost 5 years ago

    Nicely done.

  • Thank you Tx

    – Michael Cummings

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettalmost 5 years ago

    Beautie Michael. Swans are used around here to get rid of geese. I understand they are mortal enemies. The geese make such a mess.

  • We have lots of Canada Geese here as well in the parks, their droppings usually cover the ground by year end. Not sure how they are going to control them, too many people feed them

    – Michael Cummings

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carveralmost 5 years ago

    Peaceful image Michael!! You show how good the sunshine feels on her. In regards to the last comment (politely) humans make a worse mess, and usually, irreparable. :)

  • Thank you Lee-Anne. Yes, unfortunately when man makes a mess it is usually animals that suffer

    – Michael Cummings

  • Poete100
    Poete100almost 5 years ago

    Michael, excellent

  • Thank you Lorraine

    – Michael Cummings

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