Whooper Swans return to the Boyne Valley
Thanks to Claidhbh Ó Gibne of the Boyne Currach Heritage Group
for these photographs of Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) on their return to the
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 on the banks of the Boyne at Newgrange.
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