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Mute Swan on the River Torridge, Bideford, North Devon.
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Nov 21 2006 23:30 GMT sini
Great swan portrait!
Nov 21 2006 23:36 GMT choices
Why mute? Come on, I bet it can speak! :)
Beautiful close up!
Nov 21 2006 23:48 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
Thanks choices. You're right they can be noisy - I once had to climb off the river and carry my canoe round a swan's nest due to its anger at my presence appearing to threaten the little ones - it was far from mute then! I looked up why 'mute' - this is what the BBC site says:
"Mute swans are so-called because, compared to other kinds of swan, they make very little noise. However, they have a few distinctive calls, such as a hissing noise when scaring away an aggressor, a snorting 'heeor' call and a gull-like 'ga-oh' sound".
So now I know!
Nov 22 2006 00:12 GMT choices
I know too, Thor, and thank you! They're very silent around me, though -- very normal, since I'm the one holding the bread :)
Nov 22 2006 02:20 GMT ButterflyShutterfly
Silent or not, they are elegant and beautiful birds :) This is a wonderful shot!
Nov 22 2006 02:31 GMT ashdad PRO
Wonderful prtrait!
Nov 22 2006 05:01 GMT Minz PRO
Nice shot!
Nov 22 2006 05:03 GMT NeiK
So these are mute swans in English? Interesting information you had found. In Finnish they are named by that bump they have above their beak.

Beautiful capture!
Nov 22 2006 08:30 GMT senna3
Magnificent!
Nov 22 2006 20:39 GMT Yermanie
Wonderful so kind eye, thank you very much. Have a nice evening.
Nov 25 2006 23:25 GMT kduykan
Beatiful!

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