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Black Swan

Cygnus atratus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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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