Posts Tagged ‘Black Swan’

Spent the morning at the RSPB reserve at Lodmoor, just outside Weymouth.

On the islands, there were about 12 Common Snipe along with some common waterfowl.

As I walked down the western edge I was surprised to find a Black swan, This bird is native to Australia, so all birds encountered in the UK are escapes from bird collections.

Apart from around 50 Lapwing, the only other wading bird was a single Common Redshank. In with the flock of Black-headed Gulls was a single Mediterranean Gull and a couple of Common Gulls. In the reed-bed, a couple of Water Rail were heard calling and a flock of Common Pochard were seen on the northern pools.

In the afternoon Sue and I went to the cafe at Chesil beach for afternoon tea, which also gave me the opportunity to have a look on the southern end of the Fleet, where there was a Little Egret, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers and about 30 Dunlin.

The Fleet at Chesil

Last Sunday Sue and I took my mum to the London Wetland Centre. After lunch we wandered around the collection of wildfowl from around the world. Here are some of the birds we saw.

 

Bewicks Swan

Bewicks Swan

Bewicks Swan

Bewicks Swan

Southern Crested Screamer

Southern Crested Screamer

Red-Breasted Goose

Red-Breasted Goose

Black swan

Black swan

Ferrugenous Duck

Ferrugenous Duck

 

 

Black Swan

Posted: March 8, 2014 in Birds, Natural History
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The Black Swan comes from Australia but turns up occasionally in the wild in the UK as an escape from wildfowl collections. It has bred in the wild in the UK and ten years ago there were 10 pairs recorded breeding.

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The Black Swan is not a native bird to the UK being found in Australia and New Zealand. They are however commonly kept in captive collections from which birds have escaped. A number of instances of breeding in the wild in the UK have been recorded.

It is the state emblem of Western Australia.