Whooper Swans return to the Boyne Valley

Whooper Swans

Thanks to Claidhbh Ó Gibne of the Boyne Currach Heritage Group for these photographs of Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) on their return to the Boyne Valley from their breeding grounds in Iceland. Claidhbh counted 30 adult whooper swans and 9 juveniles on November 14th 2010. The adults have a distinctive yellow beak with a large black tip, the yellow patch hasn't yet developed on the juveniles whooper swans, their beak patch is pale white with a pink tint. 

Whooper Swans at Newgrange
Whooper Swans on the banks of the Boyne at Newgrange.

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