Black swans

• Black Swans

Spring - a perfect time to shoot wildlife. And although today the wildlife is becoming increasingly rare, and something to remove it in many regions is considered to be generally rare good fortune, though sometimes it's still possible.

As an example, in the spring, when there are migration of wild birds returning from their southern wintering grounds, or simply moving to new hunting grounds. When he learned that one of the lakes in the foothills of the Ai-Petri saw black swans, I, without hesitation, went to these places to make some shots of these graceful birds.

My particular interest was aroused by the fact that the black swans in principle should not be in these places - they are not migratory, and the main area of ​​their habitat - Australia and Tasmania.

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As I said above, the black swan inhabits Australia and Tasmania. Due to the fact that this species is not migratory swans, it does not spread naturally, even to many nearby islands in that part of the world. Even in New Zealand, they brought artificially in XIX century.

A small number of these birds in our time is found in North America and Europe, where they were brought to the national parks and reserves.

But again, that is. To. The black swan does not like long-distance migrations, he tries to stay in the vicinity of the place where he was born and grew up. Even if certain factors encourage him to move to new places, they are usually located no further than 100 km from the old.

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It is clear that I have met in the Crimean foothills of individuals banded and are registered at the birdwatchers. On the ring can be seen bird discount code and country of origin code - AU. It's either Australia or Austria (albeit correct me ornithologists)

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black swan neck is the longest among the swans, thanks to 31 cervical vertebra he can hunt under water in the deeper waters. In flight the neck is more than half the entire length of the bird. The plumage and feet black, white are only a few feathers, hidden in the depths. At the edges of the wings have black swans curly feathers. The beak of a glowing red and adorned with a white ring at the edge. Eye color varies between orange and light brown.

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In contrast to the mute swans, black swans have a voice, they greet each other, accompanied by raising and lowering the head. Sometimes they swim out to the middle of the lake, put his head into the water and blow away, calling relatives or just complaining.

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the mating season varies depending on the region and its typical annual high water level cycles. Nevertheless, brought to Europe black swans sometimes retain their old Australian beat and display their chicks and sometimes winter. As a rule, black swans nest in colonies, build large undulating slot on any shallow water. Year after year, they can re-use the same nest, modifying it as necessary. Like other swans, black swan - a bird is extremely loyal and does not change their partners. Both parents are involved in the construction of the nest and feed the young.

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The female lays four to eight greenish, malodorous eggs, which are then in turn hatch both parents for six weeks. Males do not cope with this task, because it is often forgotten to turn the eggs beak or sit by the eggs. Males and females are fed together and protect the cubs that five months after the birth of learning to fly. Sexual maturity comes at the age of two and a half to three years after that males become quite aggressive, especially in captivity.

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Black swans feed mainly on aquatic plants and small algae, do not disdain also the grain, such as wheat or corn. Sometimes they pluck leaves from branches overhanging the water weeping willows or coastal grass.

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during shooting swans showed the strange man with the black boxes are not less interesting than it is for them. And in an instant I went from the middle of the lake to the shore, where a man sprawled.

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Such attention to the birds was a complete surprise. But thanks to their curiosity, I managed to make some shots, "face to face"

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Moment of love

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On the lake, as it turns out, it can be seen not only black beauties, but also ordinary mallards and mute swans

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Take off mute swan

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Male flaunts front of the female. Spring...

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It is in the midst of spinning surface of the lake in one place, spreading their wings and showing its best side

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But this gesture in their language certainly means something important

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