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The Whooper Swan is similar in appearance to the Bewick's Swan. However, it is larger, at a length of 140–165 cm (55–65 in) and a wingspan of 205–275 centimetres (81–108 in). Weight typically is in the range of 7.4–14 kilograms (16–31 lb), with an average of 9.8–11 kg (22–24 lb) for males and 8.2–9.2 kg (18–20 lb) for females. The verified record mass was 15.5 kg (34 lb) for a wintering male from Denmark. It is considered to amongst the largest flying birds.It has a more angular head shape and a more variable bill pattern that always shows more yellow than black (Bewick's Swans have more black than yellow).
Whooper swans require large areas of water to live in, especially when they are still growing, because their body weight cannot be supported by their legs for extended periods of time. The whooper swan spends much of its time swimming, straining the water for food, or eating plants that grow on the bottom.
Whooper swans have a deep honking call and, despite their size, are powerful fliers. Whooper swans can migrate many hundreds of miles to their wintering sites in northern Europe and eastern Asia. They breed in subarctic Eurasia, further south than Bewicks in the taiga zone. They are rare breeders in northern Scotland, particularly in Orkney, and no more than five pairs have bred there in recent years. This bird is an occasional vagrant to western North America. Icelandic breeders overwinter in the United Kingdom and Ireland, especially in the wildfowl nature reserves of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.
Whooper swans pair for life, and their cygnets stay with them all winter; they are sometimes joined by offspring from previous years. Their preferred breeding habitat is wetland, but semi-domesticated birds will build a nest anywhere close to water. Both the male and female help build the nest, and the male will stand guard over the nest while the female incubates. The female will usually lay 4-7 eggs (exceptionally 12). The cygnets hatch after about 36 days and have a grey or brown plumage. The cygnets can fly at an age of 120 to 150 days.
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Beautiful swans, look down or not coming spring.
- [2012-04-10 9:35]
This winter I have capture almost identical scene with three swans. It is very nice and you have pictured it with lovely delicate colours, exact exposure and nice details of the bird and blurriness of the remote trees. Kind regards and TFS.
- [2012-04-10 10:10]
sometimes it's difficult to approach birds and one thinks it's impossible to get a good portrait, but here it's the natural icy environment with the woods in the bg with perfectly placed swans, pin sharp by the way, that makes it outstanding, BRAVO
Great shot captured in amazing winter scenery - well done!
Ciao Razvan, fascinating composition with lovely couple walking on ice, fantastic ambientation, splendid reflectoions, wonderful light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Beautiful scene Razvan! Very good composition and good sharpness. The lighting and the colours are fantastic!
Très belle lumière valorisant bien les sujets dans un splendide environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.