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Welcome to Dawlish 2 of several

The black swans of Dawlish were introduced to the town from New Zealand by John Nash, a Dawlish-borne man who emigrated during adulthood but paid frequent visits to the town. The swan has been the town emblem for over forty years.
The black swan is native to Australia and is found throughout much of the south-eastern and south-western parts. It is found on most wetlands, ranging from small well-vegetated freshwater swamps to large, open waters, including bays and inlets. The black swan is fully protected in all states and territories of Australia. The black swan of New Zealand is not native but was introduced from Australia, and is now considered a pest.
In flight, the black swan has a very long slender neck and white flight feathers along the edge of its wings. The flight is slow with slow wing beats, and a high-pitched bugle is often uttered. Male and female have a similar appearance. Juveniles are grey-brown with black tips to the outer white flight feathers, and cygnets are light grey, downy with grey-black bills and feet.

Welcome to Dawlish 2 of several

The black swans of Dawlish were introduced to the town from New Zealand by John Nash, a Dawlish-borne man who emigrated during adulthood but paid frequent visits to the town. The swan has been the town emblem for over forty years.
The black swan is native to Australia and is found throughout much of the south-eastern and south-western parts. It is found on most wetlands, ranging from small well-vegetated freshwater swamps to large, open waters, including bays and inlets. The black swan is fully protected in all states and territories of Australia. The black swan of New Zealand is not native but was introduced from Australia, and is now considered a pest.
In flight, the black swan has a very long slender neck and white flight feathers along the edge of its wings. The flight is slow with slow wing beats, and a high-pitched bugle is often uttered. Male and female have a similar appearance. Juveniles are grey-brown with black tips to the outer white flight feathers, and cygnets are light grey, downy with grey-black bills and feet.

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Sep 2013, 01:08
That's great, Bill.

The Australian Black Swans are exceptionally beautiful birds.
Bill Phillips: They are indeed Ray. These are descendants of the originals given by Nash.
Lovely surroundings...
Bill Phillips: It is very pleasant Larry
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 24 Sep 2013, 06:54
Are their wings clipped, Bill? I ask, because they always seemt to be there
Bill Phillips: Not as far as I know.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Sep 2013, 07:43
I love the odd items of fencing that are poking out of bits of the picture
Bill Phillips: So do I
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Sep 2013, 09:07
They are very attractive. They seem to be taking no notice of the building works with the damns and blue fencing. Was the fencing erected as part of crowd control once details of your visit got out?
Bill Phillips: The whole place was falling apart. One of the bridges had vanished altogether
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 24 Sep 2013, 09:23
I am informed.
Bill Phillips: I always thought you were
Lovely, busy photo, Bill.

The black swans are beautiful, I could never think of them as a pest.
Bill Phillips: nor could I Pauline. They are magnificent birds
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 24 Sep 2013, 10:24
Is there quite a large population of black swans in Dawlish or just a couple?
Bill Phillips: I don't know the numbers but I do know that the ***** seagulls attack the eggs when the birds leave the nest. A couple of years ago about a dozen eggs were destroyed in this way.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Sep 2013, 12:21
It looks a lovely place to relax and admire the view and swans
Bill Phillips: Dawlish has a lot of charm Anne
You can clearly see how long and slender a black swan's neck is in this shot, Bill. They may be considered pests in New Zealand but I wouldn't mind having a colony of them inhabit the lake in our neighbourhood.
Bill Phillips: Indeed they are the most beautiful of birds Beverly
That is superb and exotic Bill!
Bill Phillips: The swans are the icon of the town Richard
Beautiful place for a stroll Bill. The black swans make a change don't they
Bill Phillips: They are what Dawlish is best known for Janet

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