Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Black Swan

The Black Swan




Black Swans are primarily black feathered birds, with white flight feathers. 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 110 and 142 cm (43-56 in) in length and weighs 3.7–9 kg (8.1-20 lbs). Its wing span is between 1.6 and 2 metres (5.3-6.5 ft). 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.

The Black Swan is unlike any other Australian bird, although in poor light and at long range it may be confused with a Magpie Goose in flight. However, the black swan can be distinguished by its much longer neck and slower wing beat.

Research from Wiki.


Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn


11 comments:

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

A amzing shot Criag. They are really beautiful birds. Great info too.

Leeloo said...

Awesome capture Craig! Thanks for sharing and for posting info on this bird.

Maureen McHale said...

Check out the droplets of water...

Love that camera! lol

Actually I think it's the photographer that I love more...

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful Craig... Love the Black Swans. Beautiful birds!!!!

Check out my post today for my Pileateds.
Betsy

HANNIBAL said...

Black Swans are so magnificent! thanx for sharing yours! And such a close up!

Maia said...

Beautiful bird and excellent close-up.

Gaelyn said...

Interesting post Craig. Did you import an Australian black swan for this photo? ;-)

Craig Glenn said...

Thanks everyone for you kind comments. There are several Black Swans at Lake Eola right in downtown Orlando. I hope to do a nice right up on them and the other birds they care for there soon.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Craig Glenn

The Muse said...

I agree with everyone...beautiful bird..you simply cannot beat the colors found in nature!

and Craig...brilliant rhyme time addition!!!

Elaine said...

Fantastic shot!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craig: That is a neat bird for certain. I like the way you went in for a head shot.