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by Carolyn Connolly.
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Black Swans (Cygnus atratus) on Tuggerah Lake, Central Coast, NSW...

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"(They) are found throughout Australia with the exception of Cape York Peninsula, and are more common in the south...

"(They) prefer larger salt, brackish or fresh waterways and permanent wetlands, requiring 40 m or more of clear water to take off...

"(It) is a vegetarian. Food consists of algae and weeds, which the bird obtains by plunging its long neck into water up to 1 m deep.

"(They) form isolated pairs or small colonies in shallow wetlands. Birds pair for life, with both adults raising one brood per season. The eggs are laid in an untidy nest made of reeds and grasses... The chicks are covered in grey down, and are able to swim and feed themselves as soon as they hatch."

Refer: http://birdsinbackyards.net/species/Cygnus-atratus

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Captured late afternoon, in early spring, on the 13th of September 2009...

Category: ~ Animals ~