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The mute swan (Cygnus olor) is a species of swan, and thus a member of the waterfowl family Anatidae. It is native to much of Europe and Asia, and (as a rare winter visitor) the far north of Africa. It is an introduced species in North America, Australasia and southern Africa. The name 'mute' derives from it being less vocal than other swan species. Measuring 125 to 170 cm in length, this large swan is wholly white in plumage with an orange bill bordered with black. It is recognisable by its pronounced knob atop the bill, which is larger in males.
Mute swans nest on large mounds that they build with waterside vegetation in shallow water on islands in the middle or at the very edge of a lake. They are monogamous and often reuse the same nest each year, restoring or rebuilding it as needed. Male and female swans share the care of the nest, and once the cygnets are fledged it is not uncommon to see whole families looking for food.They feed on a wide range of vegetation, both submerged aquatic plants which they reach with their long necks, and by grazing on land. The food commonly includes agricultural crop plants such as oilseed rape and wheat, and feeding flocks in the winter may cause significant crop damage, often as much through trampling with their large webbed feet, as through direct consumption.
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- [2016-01-06 4:39]
Hi Marius,beautiful capture of this swan Group,a magic winter atmopshere with the typical grey colors,i like the symmetry and the fantastic sharpness too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
- [2016-01-06 6:32]
Beautiful photo of these Swans in natural colours and the grey winter atmosphere. Good sharpness and an attractive symmetric composition with three of them looking in the same direction.
Hope life is good. This is an excellent shot of these young and adult swans in dull grey conditions but with a perfect focus and good colours, the plumage is so perfectly visible in the rippling water, thanks for sharing, take care,
Beautiful photograph of those Mute Swans. Excellent POV with natural color. Well exposure too. Good work....
Thanks for sharing,