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Black Swan on Lochryan
gazing out over Lochryan this week have been met with a rather
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.
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.
and Galloway RSPB area manager Chris Rollie told the Free
Swans are not native to this country and this bird is the
result of an escape from a captive population somewhere.
are charming, graceful birds with a slightly longer, thinner
neck than our mute swans.
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."