Possible Mute Swan

Subject: Possible Mute Swan
From: John Brannan <>
Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2011 17:25:44 +1100
Yesterday evening, just after 8.30, I observed what I'm 99% sure was a Mute Swan flying over the Pinnacle NR, heading SW towards the Molonglo valley. I was quite low, no more than 50 ft up and about 50m away when I first spotted it. I got the binos on it pretty quickly and saw that it was entirely white. Had it been a Black Swan, there's no way I could've missed the contrasting white panels on the wings at that range, even with the poor light. It also had a very long straight neck (too long to be an Ibis), and no trailing legs or tail to speak of. I contacted the zoo, thinking they might have some Mute Swans, but they assure me they don't have any, so I'm mystified as to where this bird might've come from. It seems likely that it would've settled on LBG for the night, so anyone down by the lake might want to keep an eye out for it. I'd very much like someone else to confirm this so that I can stop worrying about possible delusional spells I might be having.

John Brannan

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