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Bob Bushell's Wildlife Photography

Bob Bushell's Wildlife Photography
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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Mute Swan and the immature (Cygnus olor)

The mute swan is a very large white waterbird. It has a long S-shaped neck, and an orange bill with black at the base of it. Flies with its neck extended and regular slow wingbeats. The population in the UK has increased recently, perhaps due to better protection of this species. The problem of lead poisoning on lowland rivers has also largely been solved by a ban on the sale of lead fishing weights. Some birds stay in their territories all year, while others move short distances and form winter flocks. In cold weather, some birds arrive from Europe into eastern England. (RSPB)






31 comments:

  1. Very nice set of Mute Swan image shares Bob!

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  2. HI Bob The Swans are beautifully shot however the young one with the water droplets still on it, is exquisite.

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  3. Hi Bob,
    Beautiful pictures of mute swans.
    The young mute swan is beautiful.
    Greetings Irma

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  4. love the twisty, turny neck! :)

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  5. SUCH BEAUTIFUL AND VERY MAJESTIC
    BOB~~~~~~~~~~~~

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    1. Mute Swans is supposed to belong to the queen, ha ha ha.

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    2. OOOOOOOOH REALLY???????????
      I LOVE THE QUEEN
      I FIND HER VERY DELICATE

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  6. What lovely birds. I heard that all the swans in England are the property of the Queen. I think that's a good idea!

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    1. They were shot dead in our country, belonging to the queen didn't help them.

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  7. een heerlijke serie van mooie pose,s van de knobbelzwaan.

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  8. Love the photographs of the beautiful preening swan. The close-up of the juvenile is excellent!

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  9. Beautiful! And your photos are so good! Thank you Bob!
    I was wondering why they are called "mute" and asked this question on the Internet, here is what I found:

    "Why are they called mute swans? Overall, they don't make very much noise, especially when comparing them to other native swans such as trumpeter swans. If they become aggravated, they are likely to hiss and beat their wings."

    So all the swans in England are "royal" birds? Didn't know that! Lucky Queen! :-)


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  10. Lovely preening session Julie.

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  11. Stunning images, Bob. We have many swans around here on the Rhine, but I don't know if they are exactly this one.

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    1. No, I don't know, they all seem to be the ONE, lol.

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  12. So good to see these birds doing well. Great photos Bob.

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  13. Bob, wonderful shots! They sure can be contortionists at grooming time!

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  14. Super set of images Bob, I hope he found what he was looking for!!...[;o)

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    1. I don't think he's after looking for, lol.

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  15. Wonderful shots of the Mute Swan,Bob!!!
    I love also the swans!!!Great photography!!!
    I did'nt know they belong to te queen!!!
    Dimi...

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  16. Hard to understand our belief that they destroy the sea grasses here and years ago we were spraying their nests to prevent their increasein population.

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  17. Beautiful swan and a cute little one! Wonderful shots, Bob!

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  18. A gallery of images of luxury
    homenagerm life. hug

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  19. all becomes easier with a long neck !
    love the last little cute duck

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  20. Excelentes fotos del cisne llenas de detalle. Un abrazo,

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  21. Beautiful swan, beautiful photos.

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  22. Oh, I love to see these preening, and the cygnet is a darling! The cygnet is a great shot!

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