Thursday, 15 July 2010

'Polish Swans'

I nipped down to Gayhurst Quarry during one of the heavy showers this afternoon.
The two broods of Mute Swans with the white individuals were still present.
Apparently these white birds are known as 'Polish Swans' as they were once thought to be a seperate species. They are just a leucistic form of Mute Swan though, with white plumage and pink or grey feet. young 'Polish Swan'
'Caution Swan crossing.' Note the pale feet of the 'Polish Swan'

' Polish Swan' with siblings
The drake Wigeon was still present and a female Tufted Duck was accompanied by 2 small ducklings. 3 Little Egrets were on Motorway Pit, as were 2 Common Sandpipers, an Oystercatcher and around 120 Lapwings. The young Common Terns can now fly and I counted at least 15. 2 Kingfishers and a Grey Wagtail were also seen.

1 comment:

  1. Well, that's something I've learnt today. Never seen, or knew, about 'Polish' swans before Rob.