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Friday, 30/Oct/2009

Friday Islay Picture #124 - Whooper Swans

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It's been a while since the last Friday Islay picture, in fact Friday Islay Picture #123 - Waves in Saligo Bay was posted on the 9th of October. Time to get back to it then! Having posted several pictures and the video of the Barnacle Geese I thought I post a picture of some other feathered visitors to Islay at this time of year. Whooper swans to be precise:

Picture of a group of Whooper Swans in a field, 5 adults and 5 juvenile

From what I understand (if you know better please correct me) Whooper Swans don't winter on Islay, they just pass through at this time of year. They arrive from Iceland, rest on Islay for a day or two and then move on. If I remember correctly to the north of England. Sometimes they arrive in large groups of several dozen birds (on the same day this picture was taken a group of 59 was seen at Gruinart. Groups of over a 100 birds have also been reported), sometimes in smaller groups like this one. This picture was taken on a field between Kilchoman and Coull Farm, if you look closely you can just make a bit of Machir Bay on the horizon.

As usual I'll post a larger version of this picture on the Islay Pictures photoblog on Saturday morning (larger as in more than twice as big). With that I close for today and wish you a great weekend, whatever the weather (it doesn't look too promising for most of the UK…)

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