Swans with neck-rings - Banyule Flats

Subject: Swans with neck-rings - Banyule Flats
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 14:44:21 +0800 (WST)
This morning at Banyule Flats I saw two Black Swans on the Yarra. They were 
preening as
they stood on a small rock-reef, under a high bank. They were definitely not 
the pair
now resident with two cygnets at Banyule Flats Swamp, because both had been 
fitted with
neck rings or collars.

  I did my best to read the numbers with binoculars, without success, and also 
took four
or five photos.  I next tried to find a better vantage point for closer photos,
without success. I continued on along the track to the Plenty River footbridge, 
the Swans caught up with me, swimming upstream, and going quite fast. This time 
I got
a brief view of the collars and noted down the numbers which were 002 G82 and 
At home I enlarged the photos on my computer as much as possible and got the 

  Does anyone know where the birds have come from and where and why they were 
banded in
this way?

Anthea Fleming


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