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Black Swan

Cygnus atratus


Large, black waterbird with elegant long neck and red bill. Better tempered than the internationally famous white, mute swan - unless you threaten/get too close to the family. Then the male will slowly but surely get you to move on.


Usually freshwater or brackish wetlands. This specimen and his mate was found in a highly developed area of water in Port Phillip Bay, the Docklands.


This specimen is probably a male (cob) due to its larger size, deeper black feathers, brighter red bill, and confident manner. A smaller nearby solitary swan on a nest may be his mate (pen). Docklands East.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Sep 21, 2013
Submitted on Sep 21, 2013

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