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Australia #38

Birdscape#4

 

Black Swans on the river. They were nervous at first, but seemed to get used to seeing me in the garden after a few days...I kept telling them "I come in peace".

Australia #38

Birdscape#4

 

Black Swans on the river. They were nervous at first, but seemed to get used to seeing me in the garden after a few days...I kept telling them "I come in peace".

comments (10)

  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 18 Jul 2019, 00:05
Sooo cute!
Ray: They are very attractive birds, Bonnie.
they look rather nice with their bright beaks. black swans are quite unusual to my eyes, Ray.
Ray: Australian Swans are place, and are not at all rare, Ayush. They are about tge same size as Whate Swans.
Ils sont magnifiques.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Jul 2019, 05:50
Lovely birds, I hope they get to soon see you as a friend
Ray: There has been a lot of rain in the past few days, which has caused the river to rise and has swamped the island where they seemed to be considering as a nest site. They seem to have goon for the moment, so I cannot continue my overtures of friendship. sad
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Jul 2019, 07:34
I've tried that with sheep; they often don't understand, though. Black swans are rare in the UK although there are some on one of the local rivers.
Ray: Yes...the English Black Swans are ferel populations, Alan, such as exist in quite a few other countries now.
I have had the pleasure of seeing black swans at Dawlish many times. The original ones were a present from an ex pat who emigrated to New Zealand. where black swans had been introduced from Western Australia.

Apparently the black swan is now considered a pest in New Zealand!
Ray: Interesting that the NZ Black Swans were introduced there from Australia, Bill. In fact there are now ferel populations of this species in quite a few countries.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 18 Jul 2019, 08:26
I like the black swans very much Ray, so much more interesting than the white ones.
Ray: Here is an interesting fact for you, Chad...Black Swans mate for life, and about 25% of the couples are actually homosexual males...it often begins as a threesome with one female who is ejected after she lays her eggs, and the males then incubate the eggs and raise the signetts.
I spent an hour in a bird blind and found that one black swan was always on watch, much like Canada geese.
Ray: It is interesting, Mary...they have fue predators but are quite nervous.
They are a kind of blue, aren't they?
Ray: An interesting colour, Tom...in some light they look quite black.
It is quite unusual to see black Swans in the U.K..
Ray: The UK Black Swans are ferel Austalians, Brian. Quite a few countries now have colonies of them.

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