First off the Trumpeter is know for its unique call--spends time in the Northern Regions of North America. (Alaska, Wyo, Idaho, Alberta, BC) The best way to ID this swan is a bright white body with an almost solid black beak if you look closely there is a small bit of orange on the lower bill just under the edge of the jaw--
This next swan is a real foreigner-The Whooper Swan winters in Great Britain, Northern Europe, Asia Minor, Northern India, China, Japan, and Korea. ID this bird with the beak as well bright Yellow at the top part of the beak and includes the nostril ....and the shape is thicker when compared to the Bewick's the yellow stays above the nostril--
Speaking of the Bewick's...Its the Eurasian subspecies of Tundra Swan, the beak is also yellow at the top but above the nostril midway down where it turns to black it narrows in size..and there is a small white patch on the bill...these guys are native to Northern Russia from the Kanin Delta to the Lena Delta. The swan has also migrated to parts of Japan and winters in the British Isles, Northern Europe, Denmark, and Ireland. They mate for life and if one mate dies the other usually dies shortly after--talk about till death do we part!
|Cygnus columbianus bewickii|
The Royal Mute Swans with the horny protrusion at the top of the beak above a beautiful graceful neck reside in the British Isles to Mongolia, North American, Australia, South Africa, China, and New Zealand and others go South in the Southern U.S.A., Mediterranean and Southwest Asia...
A male Swan is called a COBB and the Female is called a PEN! So here is a female Mute Swan...
Next we have the Tundra Swan, or the Whistler (North American Tundra, China) Look for the small yellow drop just under the eye....such a beautiful swan with a long neck and large white body.
And the close up of the Tundra/Whistler Swans little yellow tear drop.
|the little yellow tear drop of the Tundra Swan|
When I first saw this swan I figured it was the result of some cross breeding but turns out this is a Black Neck Swan that migrates to the Northern Hemisphere after breeding in the southern third of South America and the Falkland Islands. Generally those living in the Falkland Island area do not migrate. This one was resting in the bushes nearby the lake..
Hope you're not getting bored just a couple more---
This is the Black Australian Swan..and there are many at the Garden. These black swans seem to be flourishing here and they enjoy hanging out together i saw them in groups of 5 and 6--I got this one posing behind the azalea bushes-
So I hope this will help with your Swan ID's when you are out in the field..I didn't get any In flight shots so that's a personal goal for me.
Enjoy this quick Video of a Bewick's call while he scolds me for getting too close,
Happy Birding to all of you!!