Black Swan ads

To: "'Bill Stent'" <>, "'Carl Clifford'" <>, "'John Leonard'" <>
Subject: Black Swan ads
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Tue, 5 May 2009 21:43:08 +0930
Good one Bill.

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 On Behalf Of Bill Stent
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 9:01 PM
To: Carl Clifford; John Leonard
Cc: Birding-aus
Subject: Black Swan ads

Hmm, swans aren't aggressive birds (in my experience anyway).  Any bird 
might become agressive if threatened.

A few days ago I was in Kristiansand, southern Norway, and was peering
at a 
group of swans at the bottom of the air strip there, trying to make out
they were Whooper or Mute.  They were just too far away to tell, as they

held themselves like Whoopers but I couldn't see yellow bills.
one (a juvenine) separated itself from the group adnd swam closer and
to me (from a distace of about 400 metres - honestly, quite a long way).
struggled up the bank to where I was standing, and together we studied
field guide.

We eventually decided he was Mute, based on the black markings on the
which, being a juvenile, was grey.  The fact that he (or she) wasn't 
terribly forthcoming also suggested he was mute.

Bill (Bergen, Norway)

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