Monday, May 3, 2010

A Swan Of A Different Color

This week's PhotoHunter theme is black.

I had never seen a Black Swan before moving to Australia.  The birds are found throughout the southeast and southwest regions of the continent.  Their preferred habitat is permanent fresh, brackish or salt water wetlands.  However, they can be found in flooded pastures and tidal mudflats.  When necessary, Black Swans will migrate to wetter areas.
The black feathered birds, have white flight feathers.  Their bright red bill has a white bar across the front.  They are a large bird and when mature they can measure between 110 and 142 cm (43-56 in) in length and weigh 3.7-9 kg (8,1-20 lbs.)  Its wing span is between 1.6 and  2 meters (5.3-6.5 ft). 


  1. Hi Maya, she's a real beauty. Perfect for this week's theme. I love it's red bill.

    Thanks so much for sharing and have a great week.

  2. Hi Kathy, my photo hunt posts have been a bit late (I've been in Sydney). I have become accustomed to black swans everywhere, so this post was good for me to stop and appreciate how beautiful they are.