Cygnus Cygnus

Ritva Ikonen

Siuntio, Finland

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“Cygnus Cygnus” was featured in the group ImageWriting in August 2009

The Whooper Swan is a large Northern Hemisphere swan.
It’s length is 140-160 cm (55-63 in), wingspan 205-235 cm (81-93 in) and weight range of 8-15 kg (17.6-33 lbs). It has a more angular head shape and a more variable bill pattern that always shows more yellow than black

Whooper Swans pair for life, and their cygnets stay with them all winter. Both the male and female help build the nest, and the male will stand guard over the nest while the female incubates. The female will usually lay 4-7 eggs. The cygnets hatch after about 36 days and have a gray or brown plumage. The cygnets can fly at an age of 120 to 150 days.

Whooper Swan is much admired in Finland and it’s the national bird of Finland.

The photo is taken in Siuntio, Finland May 2009.

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