It was soon found, an adult Whooper amongst 52 Mute Swans. The bird was very approachable and certainly did not appear wild. It climbed out of the water at one point and revealed a nice plastic red DARVIC ring on its left leg sporting the code Y696. This is the same type of ring used on Mute Swans, including the majority present on the river but I was unaware of anyone ringing Whoopers with the same type of ring. Anyway should be able to find out where this bird has been rung as I've been on the website relating to colour-rung birds www.cr-birding.be and the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust have been using this colour and type of ring only since this year so I dropped them an email telling them.
|The Whooper Swan amongst the Mutes|
|The red ring sported by the Whooper|
Also present in my very very quick look was a Chinese Goose-type thing of very doubtful origin
|Chinese Goose - Domesticated form of Swan Goose or hybrid|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull at the Riverside Park|
2 Cormorants were showing the fisherman how it was done but the latter were not impressed by these birds to say the least.
|Immature Cormorant - the best fisherman on the river today|