Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 331 - Black Swan

The Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is widespread in Australia.  I often wonder what the first Europeans who came to Australia thought about this bird.  White swans, of what ever species, were signs of purity, and have been associated with 'angels' in many mythologies, so encountering black swans must have been a bit of a shock.

Anyway, I liked the way these birds were interacting with each other.






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17 comments:

Brian King said...

Beautiful swans!

Phil Slade said...

Hi Stewart. We have the occasional one over here but sometimes they herd up with Whoopers rather than Mutes but never remain solitary.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

They certainly are graceful. I have never seen them swimming free in the wild, away from a zoo or aviary as do our introduced Mute Swans.

NatureFootstep said...

Love the black ones.
When I was young they had a white and black swan in a pond. Loved to go there to watch them. One day the swans formed a black and white heart with their necks. That was amazing. I tried to capture it but failed. I only saw it once.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

They preen almost as much as white swans. Gorgeous

Rhodesia said...

I do love the black swans, they are very beautiful. We only see imported ones here. Cheers Diane

italiafinlandia said...

The black swan is a pretty creature!

Margaret Adamson said...

Very graceful birds Stewart. Thanks for hosting and have a great week ahead.

David Gascoigne said...

I am sure that as you say Black Swans were a bit of a surprise for early settlers, but I guess those fellows who arrived at Botany Bay in chains and shackles didn’t have a whole lot of time to muse about the avifauna!

A Colorful World said...

Just beautiful!

TheChieftess said...

I remember seeing my first black swan...so different! Very dramatic...I wouldn't say sinister, but more on the mysterious side! Basically because I was mystified! I didn't really know there were black swans too!

Missy George said...

There is a man-made lake not far from here that imports Swans for the warmer seasons. We presently have four black swans and three white swans.. The black ones are unusual indeed but beautiful in their own right. I noticed in your picture that there is some white in your swans.. ours, if I remember correctly, are pure black. Beautiful birds..more dramatic than the whites...mysterious

Linda said...

I haven't seen black swans around here. Nice to see your photos of them.

JP A Quiet Corner said...

AWESOME! I have NEVER seen one, Stewart...:)JP

Nathalie SANTA MARIA said...

I look forward to meeting these swans, I find them very beautiful.
There are private collections in France and some black swans have escaped.
See you soon

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

SO elegant. There is a town near us in Florida that has some of them on a central Lake...(the town is called Lakeland). someone from Australia moved there and imported some of them ... at least that is the story I heard. I took a million pictures; they were lovely to see. It it would be more fun to see them in their real home, but we take what we can get!)

photodoug said...

Stewart, good capture of these gorgeous swans. Thanks for sharing.