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Mute Swan

Cygnus olor

Description:

Largest flying bird in Britain. The adult is all white and the juvenile is grey-brown. Distinguishable from Bewick and Whooper swans by the orange bill with a black bulb at its base. The bulb is smaller in the female.

Habitat:

Live on most still or slow moving waterways such as lakes and rivers. It is found across Northern and Western Europe. Resident in Britain all year round.

Notes:

One of my favourite shots. I saw the swan in the foreground was on a path that would cross the swan in the background. I focused on the closer swan and waited patiently for it to cross the line of sight I desired. I still thank my lucky stars today that the two looked toward one another as I pressed the shutter.

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Broxtowe, England, United Kingdom

Lat: 52.90, Long: -1.24

Spotted on Feb 10, 2011
Submitted on Aug 28, 2011

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