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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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super composition with great details and lovely light
thanks greeting lou
a very beautiful capture of the Whooper Swan, good sharpness and marvellous natural colours, nice composition
I wish you and your family Merry Christmas
- [2011-12-23 7:41]
What a beauty, in splendid light. Taken from an excellent low POV. Great sharpness and composition,
Merry Christmas to you and your family too,
- [2011-12-23 7:59]
Hello, quite a lovely photo of the swan. Beautiful composition. The light is special so you really captured the swan at a wonderful time to illuminate his feathers beautifully,
O captura minunata a unei specii pe care eu personal n-am intalnit-o pana acum. Excelenta expunerea si detaliile iar culorile si compozitia sunt placute. Sarbatori fericite tie si celor dragi!
O captura superba cu aceasta pasare deosebita.
Detaliile si culorile sunt excelente.
Imi place pozitia laterala in care se vede perfect corpul pasarii si penajul.
Interesting bird and beautiful photo Razvan! The composition, the lighting and the sharpness ate excellent.
Merry Christmas to you and your family
- [2011-12-24 5:17]
very beautiful scene, nice composition and pov, good sharpness and dof, lovely colors and so beautiful reflections. Merry Christmas.Best regards Siggi