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Whooper Swans at Welney

By fentiger    
Yesterday afternoon I visited the Welney Wetland Centre which is part of Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT).

Here I photographed this family of six Whooper Swans ~ two adults and four cygnets who have recently arrived at Welney after completing a 1,200 mile journey from their breeding grounds in Northern Iceland. This includes a non-stop 700 mile ocean crossing over the North Atlantic. The Whooper swans can complete this section of the journey across the water in as little as 12hours and 40minutes! That is a speed of over 55 miles per hour for nearly 13 hours! It is even more remarkable when you realise that the cygnets are only 2/3 months old. They will over winter at Welney before returning to Iceland in the Spring

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Tags: Wildlife Photo journalism Birds Norfolk Wildfowl Whooper swans Wetland Wwt Welney Wildlife and nature Ouse washes

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imagio 11 12 1 England
30 Oct 2008 8:03AM


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sunshot 13 24 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2008 8:13AM
they are truely remarkable the way they migrate each time arriving at the same spot as last year, autunm watch usually covers sereral groups of them as well as brent geese.
you've captured them perfectly Albert, lovely silky water.


p.s i wish that i really was consisent Albert, you would'nt believe how many of my shots get binned, if i was using film it would cost a bomb.
MandsH 11 England
30 Oct 2008 8:19AM
Nicely captured image
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
30 Oct 2008 8:26AM
Morning Albert.
Lovely capture, you even caught two of them Whooping, hope they get there finances in order before they return.....

fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
30 Oct 2008 8:29AM
They arrived early this year Nicky to get away from Iceland's financial crisis no doubt Wink

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1918 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2008 9:34AM
This is beautiful. It's one of those satisfying compositions that just happen naturally, if you have the eye to seize the moment.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
30 Oct 2008 9:55AM
A beautiful capture, Albert. Carol
jdenman 9 18 5 Spain
30 Oct 2008 11:40AM
Very nice capture of these beautiful birds, nice info also. Saw a family down on the River Eden the other day, they had 8 cygnets, all doing rather well by the looks of things.
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
30 Oct 2008 3:27PM
A marvelous capture.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
30 Oct 2008 4:00PM
A nice ''gathering'' here Albert.
Like the ripples in the water.
Good one.
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
30 Oct 2008 5:33PM
A beautiful capture Albert
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2008 7:01PM
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Whooper Swans at Welney
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Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
30 Oct 2008 7:02PM
A fine shot of this family of whooper swans, they haven't arrived at Slimbridge yet
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
30 Oct 2008 7:11PM
Very nicely captured of this family - they appear be be having a conversation.
I am amazed at their flying prowess!
rangerpaul 11 19 7 England
30 Oct 2008 7:22PM
Superbly taken shot Albert. You've done remarkably well to hold the whites on the swans against the dark background.
Nice bit of info too thanks.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
30 Oct 2008 8:29PM
Beautiful grouping Albert, and very interesting info. I remember seeing a documentary about them; amazing.
biscuit61 9 16 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2008 9:57PM
you beat me to it, i was going there tomorrow.
lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
1 Nov 2008 10:21AM
A wonderful family portrait Albert, with some very interesting background information.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
1 Nov 2008 12:45PM
Thank you to everyone who have looked, voted and commented.

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2008 4:10PM
Beautiful capture, the water makes a perfect bg.
DOGSBODY 9 1.4k 30 England
1 Nov 2008 5:21PM
Glad to make it 30. Andy

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