The following images of Black Swans (Cygnus atratus) were taken on the waterfront at Williamstown (Hobsons Bay). These birds are very used to human interaction and so it is easy to get close to them.
Black Swans are vegetarians with their diet consisting of algae and weeds. They live in most parts of Australia but are more common in the south and south-east. On land they are very clumsy walkers.
They pair for life and both adults raise one brood in a season. Sometimes the pairing is homosexual, mostly male, and they steal nests driving away the female after she has laid the eggs. Usually the nest is placed on a small island, and sometimes it is floated. A nest will be reused every year after repairing or rebuilding if necessary.
Adult Black Swans frequent large waterways, needing at least a clear forty metres, or more, for taking off. Black Swan chicks are covered in a grey down, and are able to swim and feed themselves once hatched.
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