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The Black Swan 1 week 1 day ago #3892264

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The Black Swan

The World is full of beautiful creatures and birds
Some of them very seldom seen
And the species that I have now in mind
Are sometimes owned by the Queen
For Swans are a protected species worldwide
Their capture and slaughter is illegal
These beautiful birds that glide across the water
In a fashion so infinitely regal
In the Europe the White Swan was predominant
But for the Black Swan the Antipodes was home
Until sometimes in the 1800’s introduced to Europe
And as a monotypic Genus Chenopsis they were known
In New Zealand the Black Swan was hunted to extinction, by Maori’s
Then in 1860 to New Zealand they were returned
Although now a highly protected Species
From history the lesson had been learned
Black Swans are mainly monogamous
Cobs and Pens being partners for life
The Cobs guard the eggs during daytime from intruders
In incubation the Pens will sit on the eggs at night
Unlike many aquatic birds the Black Swan is Herbivorous
And lives on plant life Algae and weed
Cygnets fully protected by both parents for 9 moinths
These lovely birds are easily recognisable
When first they come into your sight
The Cygnets are coloured Greyish Brown
The adults are Black and their Red bills have a streak of white
The into the Family they proceed
Although adept at gliding across the water
A Wedge of Black Swans will form a “V” formation in flight
Their wings create a whistling or bugling sound
Instilling intruders with fright
In Europe they were introduced as ornamental birds
To Zoological gardens and rare bird collections too
But over the years many of the Black Swans have escaped and moved on
Creating their homes on waters anew
They are seen on the River Thames at Marlow
On the River Itchen at Hampshire as well
And as a lad I first saw them on the Dawlish Water in Devon
Still a popular attraction there now I’ve heard tell

Dennis Shrubshall 21st January 2018
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The Black Swan 1 week 1 day ago #3892398

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Thankyou Shrubby...
Ive only ever seen a Black Swan once, in Cornwall....smile.png

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