Saturday, 28 April 2012

A walk between showers

Along the River Trent near Burston
 His bright yellow (instead of orange) beak caught my attention because the sun reflected on it!
 Really pretty - ? Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis)
Bright is our Molly - ok, how do I get through there then???


  1. According to my RSPB book that swan is either a Bewick or a Whooper(both have yellow beaks & look much the same in the pics!) not as common as the ubiquitous Mute swan, so lucky you :)

  2. Looks like a whooper swan? Very unusual

  3. She looks so confused!! Hope your all ok. I just love your pictures. xxx

  4. Hi Both. It's a Bewick's swan, rather than the common or garden mute.
    That's why it's got a yellow beak without the sharp "stop".
    How's the blacking coming on? I was looking forward to seeing pics of George up to his armpits in gunk!
    Keep well

  5. Our daft Spaniel, Jack, used to always do this, too. He never seemed to learn either. The swan's a Whooper, I'd say. They are the most common type up here, and make an amazing and apposite racket when in flight!

    1. Thanks Iain - for readers who don't follow Poles Apart, Iain lives in Sweden (currently) but can also be found in Spain or Andalucia - lucky devil!

  6. The swan is a Whooper Swan (Cygnus Cygnus) a winter visitor who should be heading home, to either Iceland (most likely) or the Russian arctic tundra, right now as they are supposed to start breeding there in May.

  7. Thanks for all your comments re the swan - I remember that it was making a noise which made me look closer - there were two of them but they were with about 4 mute swans and seemed to be quite a coherent group!