Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge; Alone

Black SwanAround here black swans are nearly always loners.  There was one on the river at Twickenham for ages, and then we had one for a while at Walton Bridge.  I found this one at Black Pond in Esher Common.  Maybe he could read? Black swans are not native to the UK, the vast majority of our native swans are white mute swans, but in winter we get visitors of Whooper Swans from Iceland, Scandinavia and Russia.  Black swans originate from Australia, but they have been introduced as ornamental water-birds here. Some have obviously escaped and tend to live with white swans, but I wonder are they lonely?

Thank you to Cee Neuner for this challenge 🙂

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Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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18 Responses to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge; Alone

  1. Al says:

    Don’t know if it’s lonely or not but it seems quite content admiring its reflection.

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  2. Cee Neuner says:

    You captured Alone is very beautiful!!! Thanks for playing this week!! See you next week!

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  3. Grannymar says:

    I have never seen a black swan except in photos.

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    • Barbara says:

      I looked them up and apparently there are only a few feral birds… They were counted in 2004 and the figure was 46 although I do wonder how accurate that figure could be?

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      • Grannymar says:

        do they ever mate with the white swans? I am thinking of offspring coloured like Magpies. Did you know that Magpies in Australia have their colour in a reverse way to ours.

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        • Barbara says:

          No I didn’t! I will try and photograph some when I am there. I don’t think they mate with white swans, there are a few different breeds of white swan and they don’t cross breed so I doubt the black ones do…. but I don’t know xxx

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  4. Jo Bryant says:

    he sure is a beauty…we have them here and sadly every year they actually ‘cull’ these beautiful birds

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