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Camera: Fuji Finepix S8100 (As Is)
Location: Hoorn, The Netherlands, Europe
Date: May 28/2010
Subject: Mute Swan with Cygnet

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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. Males are larger than females and have a larger knob on their bill.

The Mute Swan is one of the heaviest flying birds, with males (known as cobs) averaging about 12 kilograms (26 lb) and the slightly smaller females (known as pens) weighing about 9 kilograms (20 lb). An unusually big Polish cob weighed almost 23 kilograms (51 lb), surpassing the longer-bodied Trumpeter Swan to make it the heaviest waterfowl ever recorded. Its size, orange-reddish bill and white plumage make this swan almost unmistakable at close quarters. The most similar species is the Whooper Swan, but it has a yellow and black bill, lacks the curved neck, is longer and heavier, and lacks the characteristic projection above the bill.

Young birds, called cygnets, are not the bright white of mature adults, and their bill is dull greyish-black, not orange, for the first year. The down may range from pure white to grey to buff, with grey/buff the most common. The white cygnets have a leucistic gene. All Mute Swans are white at maturity, though the feathers (particularly on the head and neck) are often stained orange-brown by iron and tannins in the water.
Source: Wikipedia

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  • Yool
    Yoolabout 4 years ago

    O o o o Jokusje toch wat een pracht plaatje :))

  • Jaaa Yooltje dit is zo super lief en zo geweldig mooi en heerlijk dichtbij mijn huis, kan er elke dag van genieten.
    Fijn weekend, Joke ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 4 years ago

    Looks like the little one is learning from Mom. Beautiful

  • Thanks dear Byron for the kind comment, yeah the babies learn from Mom, so super!
    Warm Greetings, Jokus ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 4 years ago

    wow, they are so cute together

  • Thanks Luda for the sweet comment!
    Warm Greetings, Jokus ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful work!

  • Thank you so much Monica for the feature, so super and happy with it!
    Warm Greetings from Holland, Jokus ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS you image is FEATURED in Glorious Spring & Fabulous Fall Group, May 30 2010. BEAUTIFUL WORK!!
    Your hosts:))

  • Thank you so much Martina for the feature in your wonderful group. Super and so happy with it!
    Warm Greetings from Holland, Jokus ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • Jenni Atkins-Stair
    Jenni Atkins-S...about 4 years ago

  • Hello Jenni, Thank you so much for the feature in the Good News Group! Wow so super and happy with such a good news!
    Warm Greetings from Holland, Jokus ;-)

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  • sky   princess
    sky princessabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful image Jokus:)

  • Helo Eman, Thank you somuch for the kind comment and fav … happy you enjoy the Swans!
    Warm Greetings, Jokus ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • SwanSong
    SwanSongabout 4 years ago

    This is a million dollar photo! simply precious!

  • Thank you so much SwanSong for the super kind comment!
    Warm Greetings, Jokus ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • stepanka
    stepankaabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Hello Stepanka, thank you so much for the kind comment and Fav … so glad you enjoy my work.
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    NatureGreeting...about 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your feature :)) Carolyn

  • Thans dear Carolyn for the warm congrats.
    Hugs from Holland, Jokus ;)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

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