Warning.... Do Not Disturb A Mother In Waiting!! - Black Swan - NZ

AndreaEL

Gore, New Zealand

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A male swan displaying his protective instincts while his mate was sitting on her nest. He meant business if we came any closer.
There are seven species of swans in the world, all pure white except for the Australian black swan and the South American black-necked swan.
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The black swan was introduced as a game bird from Australia to New Zealand in the 1860s but also probably reached here naturally at about the same time as the population grew and spread very rapidly. They are probably still arriving here from Australia naturally so should be classified as a native bird. The Heather and Robertson field guide says that “by the 1960s, there were well over 100,000 birds in New Zealand with 70,000 on Lake Ellesmere alone. However, the 1968 Wahine storm destroyed most of the feeding habitat at Lake Ellesmere and the population there crashed to 10,000 birds, never to quite recover.” The Fish and Game council offers another view of its sudden decline, saying that from the 1970s on farm silt run-off killed the water plants that swan depend on. Starving birds began to eat grass, leading to culls in which many thousands of the birds were killed until their numbers adapted to their impoverished circumstances.
http://www.nzbirds.com/birds/blackswan.html
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Jan. 2012 Maple Glen Gardens Southland New Zealand
Warning…. Do Not Disturb A Mother In Waiting!!

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