Nov 232016
 
Pintail on ice

A new day and a new weather system. Overnight rain, clouds and a fresh southerly wind were not the best birding conditions and wasn’t eve sure I would bother but eventually decided that it might be worth checking the sea off Fornebu. Not much to write down in the notebook here except for a few […]

Jul 212014
 
Two Kinds of Coots

I was in London last week for a conference. My hotel was near Kensington Gardens, one of London’s Royal Parks. I walked all over the gardens, saw the famous statue of Peter Pan, and sat by a pond watching the royal waterfowl. There were mute swans, tufted ducks, Egyptian geese, moorhens, great crested grebes, great […]

Mar 302014
 
New York Backtracks on Plans to Eradicate Mute Swans

Mute swans in New York will be getting a reprieve from slaughter following major public outcry over the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) plan to eradicate the state’s population over the next decade, but animal advocates are still concerned about their future. Earlier this year the DEC publicly announced its plan to list mute swans […]

Jan 222014
 
Viera Wetlands, 1/18/2014

Yesterday I made it out to Viera Wetlands for a little bit during the afternoon. I much prefer to go in the morning, but even though family commitments kept me home in the morning, afternoon birding proved to be all that I’d hoped. My biggest goal was to see an Ash-throated Flycatcher that’s been seen […]

Mar 242013
 
Great Bustard: the great show in the plains

The Great Bustard (Otis tarda) is one of the largest and most spectacular European birds. Mature males can attain a wingspan of 2,4 meters and a weight of 18 kg, and are among the world’s heaviest flying birds; only its African relative the Kori Bustard and the Mute Swan can dispute that title. Females are […]

Feb 192013
 
Jenney Pond (Arms House Pond) Plymouth, Massachusetts for Photography

Although, one of the great places to photograph waterfowl And other birds in Plymouth, Massachusetts, I call Jenney Pond, because it is the location of the Jenney Grist Mill its actual name is and is located in Town Brook Park, according to Google maps. Year-round, there is a resident population of Mallards, Canada Geese and […]

Jan 182013
 
Leucistic Mallard - Anas platyrhychos

At one of the locations that I photograph at, there mute swans and mallards present along with other species of ducks and geese. I discovered what appears to be a partially leucistic mallard on the pond. What what became interesting, is that the mute swans started chasing this mallard, although they do not chase any […]

Sep 282012
 
Birding Prince Edward Point & Presqu'ile Provincial Park - Canada

It was still dark with the night’s chilly draft and drizzling rain sweeping over Ottawa, when a small, dedicated group of birders met at the Park & Ride off Hwy 416 and Bankfield. The drive down to Prince Edward County revealed several species of birds with plenty more greeting us at the point. We were […]

Mute Swan Cygnus olor

 
Mute Swan Cygnus olor

The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is a species of swan, and hence in turn a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is native to much of Europe and Asia, and (as a rare winter visitor) the far north of Africa. It is also an introduced species in North America, Australasia and […]