Re: FW: [canberrabirds] Image of Black Swan

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Subject: Re: FW: [canberrabirds] Image of Black Swan
From: Bronwyn King <>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2016 08:01:29 +0000

The swans use the serrated beak for grooming too, enabling quite good shots:

cheers Bron

On 8/05/2016 1:00 PM, Con Boekel wrote:
It sort of looks as if Swans have 'lips'...

On 8/05/2016 12:46 PM, Geoffrey Dabb wrote:


From: Matthew Willis [m("","matt.j.willis");">]
Sent: Sunday, 8 May 2016 12:44 PM
To: Con Boekel
Cc: CanberraBirds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Image of Black Swan


A great shot, Con. I have an almost identical one I will pull out later today.

On 8 May 2016 11:29, "Con Boekel" <m("","con");">m("","con");">> wrote:

This is an unusal image in that it shows the beak serrations which are normally not visible. I have searched the readily available on-line databases without being able to see something similar. This bird, and what I presume to be its partner, were engaging in some mutual behaviour that involved both birds sitting absolutely still in the water, facing each other and with the lower mandible held closed at the tip but with  the serrations showing. I am not sure whether the birds had lowered the jaw end of the mandibles or whether this is even possible.

Black Swan
Gungahlin Pond
Image captured: 5 May 2016

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