young mute swan (& Canada goose)

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P1180479.jpgWhile I have photographed black swans here in Australia I was delighted to spot this young Mute Swan resting in Kensington Gardens, London, on a trip to the UK last year. Mute Swan adults are all white with orange-red beaks, they are the heaviest flying birds in the world, weighing up to 15 kilos. Contrary to its name the Mute Swan produces a range of vocalisations, including the hissing sound swans are famous for when threatened. The friend in the background is a Canada Goose.

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