A male Mute Swan after a drink. by William Brennan

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This beautiful guy lives on a local lake near me in New Jersey. Mute swans are actually transplants from Europe. Their numbers have steadily grown over the years in North America. The Mute Swan is less vocal than the noisy Whooper and Bewick’s Swans; the most familiar sound associated with Mute Swan is the vibrant throbbing of the wings in flight. This sound is unique to the species, and can be heard from a range of up to a mile, indicating its value as a contact sound between birds in flight. They do however make a variety of grunting, hoarse whistling, and snorting noises, especially in communicating with their cygnets, and usually hiss at predators trying to enter their territory.


birds, wildlife, swan, mute swan

I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 4 years ago


  • Thanks Kim. They are magnificent birds indeed. :)

    – William Brennan

  • Britta Döll
    Britta Döllabout 4 years ago


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