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Old Thursday 24th October 2013, 15:44   #1
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bewick swans ?

confirmation please .
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Old Thursday 24th October 2013, 16:03   #2
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whoopers.
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Old Thursday 24th October 2013, 16:15   #3
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As they appear to not have the nostril extensions how do you tell please ?
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Old Thursday 24th October 2013, 18:21   #4
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As they appear to not have the nostril extensions how do you tell please ?
Now Mutes are my speciality but to my eyes these swans look just too big and bulky to be Bewick's and the yellow on the bills is actually very extensive it just doesn't look like it from the angle that the photo was taken.

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Dont they say something like Wedge of Cheese for Whooper Swan

A lot of Black for Bewick's Swan.

For me Whooper Swans, as size and the amount of yellow on the bill is too extensive.
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Old Thursday 24th October 2013, 20:07   #6
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Another picture which seems to show no extension ?
Can they be young whoopers ?
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Old Thursday 24th October 2013, 20:32   #7
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whooper again. Extensive yellow on the bill.
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Old Thursday 24th October 2013, 20:53   #8
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Whoopers for me too.. long neck, bulky and on the last picture you can see the nostril cutting into the yellow.
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Old Thursday 24th October 2013, 21:46   #9
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They all look like adults Les.

Worth comparing with some great flight shots from google images.

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Whooper Swans. Nice shot.
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Another picture which seems to show no extension ?
Can they be young whoopers ?
Juvenile whooper swan have pink base to the bill and not a yellow base. The yellow colour grows in as the bird ages over the winter.

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Old Friday 25th October 2013, 09:34   #12
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Another for Whoopers. The yellow bases, although individually variable, all seem to come to a sharp point at the cutting edge. I know its subjective but Whoopers always look more 'swan-like' in flight, Bewicks / Tundra are more like geese.

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