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|Swan, common name for any of seven species of water birds constituting a distinct section of the duck family. Swans are larger than geese and are recognizable by their long, arched necks. Noted for their graceful movements in the water, they have been the subject of many poems, fairy tales, legends, and musical compositions.|
Swans may live up to 35 years, and they pair for life. The mute swan is about 1.5 m (about 5 ft) in length and weighs up to 13.5 kg (30 lb). It originated in the eastern hemisphere but is now seen as a domesticated bird in many North American parks; large feral populations inhabit the Atlantic coastal states from Connecticut to Virginia, and (in fewer numbers) several midwestern states. Adult mute swans are pure white, with reddish bills. The bill has a black tip and is surmounted by a black knob at the base of the upper mandible. The young, called cygnets, are pale gray in color and have a lead-colored bill. The largest of the swans is the trumpeter swan, which breeds from Alaska to the Rocky Mountain states, and has been introduced farther east. Its numbers were dangerously low at one time, but it has since recovered. Its counterpart in the eastern hemisphere is the whooper swan, which has a large yellow patch on the side of the bill and a differently shaped trachea. The whooper looks much like the smaller “Bewick's” swan, the Eurasian subspecies of the tundra swan, of which the American population, which has less yellow on the bill, has long been called “whistling” swan. The black swan, a red-billed bird that resembles the mute swan in shape, inhabits Australia, and the black-necked swan is confined to southern South America. A species with a similar range, the coscoroba swan, is an all-white bird with a red bill; it looks more ducklike than other swans.
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- [2005-04-12 3:20]
Like you sad onetime swans a wonderful. To bad that another one leaves. It will be beter that comes. vrlo dobro
- [2005-04-12 3:29]
Nice picture, i like specialy the composition, Its like the swans are a bit of mirrored.. Lovely!
POV is very good Snezana. It surely does look as if they have had an argument. Good sharpness. Nice work. TFS
Good picture and very nice composition. Well done!