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Black Swan Cygnet

Cygnus atratus

Description:

In adult Black Swans the body is mostly black, with the exception of the broad white wing tips which are visible in flight. The bill is a deep orange-red, paler at the tip, with a distinct narrow white band towards the end. Younger birds are much greyer in colour, and have black wing tips. Adult females are smaller than the males.

Habitat:

Black Swans prefer larger salt, brackish or fresh waterways and permanent wetlands, requiring 40 m or more of clear water to take off. Outside the breeding season, Black Swans travel quite large distances. Birds fly at night and rest during the day with other swans.

Notes:

Spotted in Arkarra Lagoons, Hervey Bay. This family was very tame, even the cygnet, who is quite old as obvious from it's size, beak & feather colour.

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8 Comments

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 6 years ago

Oh great! Ill have to have a look at them all.

lori.tas
lori.tas 6 years ago

It was fabulous. I'm just starting to post photos from the trip. 19 spottings up so far: http://www.projectnoah.org/users/lori.ta...

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 6 years ago

Oh wow! Id love to go to lady elliot island! How was it? Yeah they really are everywhere!

lori.tas
lori.tas 6 years ago

I was in Hervey Bay to fly to Lady Elliot Island, so saw little of the local haunts, other than the caravan park we stayed in overnight, and our walk on the Esplanade. Only noted that birds, especially estuarine ones, were in abundance.

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 6 years ago

It's a great place isn't it Lori?! I was seeing new spottings everywhere i went. Did you get down to Arkarra lagoons? It's said to be the one of the best places to spot wildlife, mainly birds, in hervey bay. I could verify it is!

lori.tas
lori.tas 6 years ago

They are so fluffy! I was just in Hervey Bay. Lots and lots of birds everywhere.

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 6 years ago

Thanks Jared! The fact that they were so bold helped greatly!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 6 years ago

Great pics, love this bird, Keep it up!!!

AliceGreenup
Spotted by
AliceGreenup

Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Sep 29, 2013
Submitted on Sep 29, 2013

Spotted for Mission

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