Friday, 14 March 2014

Whoopers

The Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) is certainly my favourite swan species by far. 
I was very fortunate to find this group of four on a local fenland river.
A graceful species that visit UK in winter flying in from Iceland in September and departing in March.

This species is quite different from our resident Mute swans and more family orientated. From what I understand it is nothing like as territorial and remains together in family groups.











20 comments:

  1. Hello Roy!
    I agree, these swans are gorgeous although I've never seen them in my area!! :(
    your pics are so very lively!!
    I went through your latest posts, cute photos of the Blue Tit!!
    Congratulations and enjoy your WE!

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    1. Hi Noushka, thanks.
      Yes one of the very few advantages of being this far North.{:))

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  2. They're lovely swans to see Roy and, as you say, much more 'refined' than the Mutes! You've got some cracking shots here...[;o)

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  3. Hello Roy
    I also love that bird !
    It is so beautiful.
    Your latest pictures make me think of the Air Force !

    Good weekend

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    1. Hi Nathalie, yes they are like the Patrouille Acrobatique de France.{:))
      They took off in front of me circled around and did a flypast in front of me again.{:))

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  4. A delight to behold. Glad you got the flight shots, too.

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  5. Hey Roy... Awesome shots, especially the in flight ones!

    Grace

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  6. They certainly are beauties Roy.
    Love going to Welney to see these. Always worth the trip.
    Great take-off shots.

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    1. Thanks Keith. Yes, I haven't been this Winter.

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  7. Lovely photos of the whoopers. I'll look forward to seeing them again in the autumn.

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  8. This really beautiful wild swans. I would also like to photograph them but I'll never against :-(
    Roy wonderful series!

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  9. Lovely (flight) shots Roy. I can almost hear them when I see your photo's! It's nice to see them 'run' on the water.
    Unfortunately I missed them this winter :(
    I think they are already going back to their breeding grounds.

    Enjoy your sunday!
    Marianne

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    1. Thanks Marianne, yes I think these were on there way and just stopped off for a break.

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