Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nature Notes


The Black Swan is one of the first Australian birds and was first seen by European explorers in 1636. It's habitat is in wetlands, it eats mainly water plants and nests on floating vegetation. They also mate for life.



Michelle is the host of Nature Notes. Thank you Michelle for this great meme.

21 comments:

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

That is a very good close-up picture of the swan!

mommanator said...

doesnt get much prettier than this

Tiggeriffic said...

I think it's interesting that you mention the year 1636 Yikes.. Nothing is mentioned in America that goes back to that date.
Black Swan is so beautiful and I love it's red beak... permanent lipstick..lol
Have gone overseas to different countries and it amazes me how old things are over there...
thanks for the lovely swan...and they mate for life.. My husband & I well be married for 50 years in Feb...you could say we are mates for life.. LOL...ta ta for now from Iowa...

Marina said...

I liked that Cup of Happiness! It's SO true...
So beautiful swan! Nature is so wise...
Some friends of ours moved to Virginia Beach! As soon as I heard "Virginia" I thought of you! They're having a wonderful time and have met some very nice people!

Cezar and Léia said...

The black swan is magnificent!I saw for the first time this adorable critter in Geneve last July, I'm enchanted!
Wonderful pictures , thanks so much for sharing!
Léia

Arija said...

...and is much smaller than the white swan. One of the lingering sad memories my daughter and I have from more than 40 years ago in Geneva is the sight of a pair of black swans, which are the state bird of Western Australia, being pecked by their huge white counterparts.

Beautiful portraits Denise.

ascu75 aka Don said...

Swans can be very defensive I have witnessed white ones fighting and they dont hold back. Nice Piccies Denise I like the close up. Don

Gill - That British Woman said...

I have never seen a black swan before, very interesting.

Gill

Leora said...

What an absolute beauty! Love how you got a portrait of him.

jabblog said...

The red bill makes such a striking contrast with the black plumage. Once seen, never forgotten, I should think.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful photos. We have a couple of black swans in a neighborhood pond. They are wonderful but also kind of shy.

Out on the prairie said...

Really like the swans, this is real pretty.I have trumpeters about 20 miles south of me and they are like an orchestra when they get agitated.

gigi-hawaii said...

The black swan -- absolutely gorgeous, Denise! I have never seen one in person.

Carver said...

I've never seen a black swan. It's very beautiful and unusual.

Self Sagacity said...

First time for everything, have never seen a black and white swan. I think ducks are just one of the most amazing self sufficient animals.

I missed coming to see my English Girl. Such is life.

Little Messy Missy said...

Wish I could find that shade of red in a crayon!!! What a great pic!

KaHolly said...

Some beautiful images, Denise. I have never seen a black swan before. I'm in awe! ~karen

Abraham Lincoln said...

It is a stunning bird. I really have not seen one before today and am fascinated by your photos.

Margaret Cloud said...

I have never seen any other colored swans but white. What a pretty bird and the picture is very nice.

Rambling Woods said...

What a beautiful bird..it has a lovely face and beautiful eyes. I wonder if they are more calm than there white cousins who can be nasty....Michelle

Kay said...

I remember seeing a black swan in Maui. They are quite striking, aren't they? I do love your photo.