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Black Swan on Lochryan

BIRD-WATCHERS gazing out over Lochryan this week have been met with a rather unusual sight.

The regular flock of mute swans which inhabit the area have been joined by one of their somewhat more exotic cousins a beautiful black swan, originally from Australia.

The bird is thought to have escaped from a wildfowl collection elsewhere in Scotland. It is believed that it could be the same bird previously spotted in the Loch Ken and River Dee areas near Castle-Douglas.

Dumfries and Galloway RSPB area manager Chris Rollie told the Free Press:

"Black Swans are not native to this country and this bird is the result of an escape from a captive population somewhere.

"They are charming, graceful birds with a slightly longer, thinner neck than our mute swans.

"Black swans tend to create much excitement when they are spotted in Scotland. Not only are they very beautiful, but they are so different to our native swans."

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