Category Archives: Swan

Black Swans are back

It’s been a while since I’ve seen Black Swans on Manly Dam. Now they’re back, and four of them at that. Black Swans are native to New South Wales, Australia.

The call of a Black Swan is a soft hoot, a little like an apologetic cuckoo clock. You can hear it about 6 seconds into this video:

In the next video, the swans are caught in the converging melee of waterbirds when someone throws some scraps into the water. Again, the swans hoot about 6 seconds into the video:

This swan slides a bit of green weed through its beak, presumably to scrape off slime and small creatures as food:

Reflecting on reeds:

Common name: Black Swan

Scientific name: Cygnus atratus

Approximate length: 120 cm

Date spotted: 7 July 2018 (Winter)

Location: Manly Dam National Park, New South Wales, Australia: 33°46’58.3″S 151°15’18.7″E

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Black Swans calling

Black swans are native to New South Wales, Australia. This morning I saw four of them swimming amongst the other water birds.

Black Swans

Two of them were calling to each other and raising their necks up and down in a stately dance. They make a slightly funny, bugling call, a bit like a child’s party tooter, as you can hear in this video:

Common name: Black Swan

Scientific name: Cygnus atratus

Approximate length: 120 cm

Date spotted: 27 December 2014

Season: Summer

Location: Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia

Latitude/longitude: 33°46’58.4″S 151°15’18.6″E