Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus

A large proportion of the entire world population of this species spends the winter at Welney in Norfolk. Most of the rest winter at other WWT reserves around the country (including Caerlaverock where many of the following photos were taken) but smaller flocks can be found at a number of other locations including several in east Norfolk.

Tiny numbers may over-summer in Norfolk, mainly at Welney and often because they are injured and unable to fly. It is extremely rare for them to breed, however they did so in 2011 (for the first time since 1928).

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Whooper Swans, Caerlaverock (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 29th December 2005

 

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first-winter Whooper Swans, Caerlaverock (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 29th December 2011

 

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adult Whooper Swans, Caerlaverock (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 29th December 2011

 

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adult Whooper Swans, Caerlaverock (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 29th December 2005

 

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first-winter Whooper Swans, Caerlaverock (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 29th December 2005

 

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first-winter Whooper Swan, Caerlaverock (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 28th December 2015

 

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adult and first-winter Whooper Swans, Welney (Norfolk, UK), 17th March 2012

 

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Whooper Swans (two birds), Welney (Norfolk, UK), 4th May 2009 - birds lingering as late as this are normally injured birds unable to return to their breeding grounds

 

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adult Whooper Swan, Helston Boating Lake (Cornwall, UK), 21st November 2013

 

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adult and first-winter Whooper Swans, west of Kirkbride (Cumbria, UK), 28th December 2013

 

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adult (left) and first-winter (right) Whooper Swans, Welney (Norfolk, UK), 2nd January 2005

 

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adult Whooper Swans, west of Burnham Market (Norfolk, UK), 11th January 2007

 

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Whooper Swan, Stanhoe (Norfolk, UK), 2nd February 2007.

Whooper Swan, west of Burnham Market (Norfolk, UK), 11th January 2007.

These two photos show the same bird. Presumably the brownish markings in the wings are a sign of immaturity although it seems too white to be a first-winter. Is it a second-winter?

 

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Whooper Swans, Stanhoe (Norfolk, UK), 20th February 2007.

 

Bewick's (front) and Whooper Swans, Stanhoe (Norfolk, UK), 2nd February 2007.

 

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adult Whooper Swan, Cosmeston Lakes Country Park (Glamorgan, UK), 23rd February 2012

 

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Whooper Swans, Welney (Norfolk, UK), 30th November 2014

 

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adult Whooper Swan, Welney (Norfolk, UK), 10th January 2015

 

adult and first-winter Whooper Swans, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 7th November 2009

 

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first-winter Whooper Swan, Docking (Norfolk, UK), 17th December 2007