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Mute Swan

Cygnus olor


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.


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.


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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