Feeding on some grasses
|Copyright: Yves Grenier (eev)
|Date Taken: 2007-06-14|
|Camera: Canon 30 D, Canon 70-200 f/4L|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-06-14 15:01|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|A pair of black swans have found home on the shores of the many streams and rivers in the Ottawa region. This one was feeding on some aquatic grasses when I captured this shot. They eventually came closer to shore for some good close-ups which I'll share with you in the coming days.|
Black Swans are mostly black feathered, with a line of white flight feathers of the wing edges that sometimes show when at rest, and are conspicuous in flight. The bill is bright red, with a pale bar and tip; and legs and feet are greyish-black. Cobs (males) are slightly larger than pens (females), with a longer and straighter bill. Cygnets (immature birds) are a greyish-brown with pale-edged feathers.
A mature Black Swan measures between 1.1 and 1.4 metres in length and weighs up to 9 kg. Its wing span, in flight, is between 1.6 and 2 metres. The neck is long (relatively the longest neck among the swans) and curved in an "S".
The Black Swan utters a musical and far reaching bugle-like sound, called either on the water or in flight, as well as a range of softer crooning notes. It can also whistle, especially when disturbed while breeding and nesting.
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