The Swan Collection, British ornithology bird photography gallery - Katey Jane Photography


The Swan Collection

Love these birds so much i just had to give them their own gallery,  Swans have so much power but they tend to be graceful too. Spent many hours watching and shooting these birds, They are so caring to their signets, They tend not to let anything near their young and this includes lazy carp if the fish are at the surface will get chased away,  they let me within 10 feet but this is after some gentle moves, like to let them just get on with life, this gives a much better shot and never upsets their lives.

The mute swan is one of the heaviest flying birds. In several studies from Great Britain, males (known as cobs) were found to average from about 10.6 to 11.87 kg (23.4 to 26.2 lb), with a weight range of 9.2–14.3 kg (20–32 lb) while the slightly smaller females (known as pens) averaged about 8.5 to 9.67 kg (18.7 to 21.3 lb), with a weight range of 7.6–10.6 kg (17–23 lb). While the top normal weight for a big cob is roughly 15 kg (33 lb), one unusually big Polish cob weighed almost 23 kg (51 lb) and this counts as the largest weight ever verified for a flying bird, although it has been questioned whether this heavyweight could still take flight.

Young birds, called cygnets, are not the bright white of mature adults, and their bill is dull greyish-black, not orange, for the first year. The down may range from pure white to grey to buff, with grey/buff the most common. The white cygnets have a leucistic gene. Cygnets grow quickly, reaching a size close to their adult size in approximately three months after hatching. Cygnets typically retain their grey feathers until they are at least one year old, with the down on their wings having been replaced by Flight feathers earlier that year.

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