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Swimming in a sea of sparkles / Nuotando in un mare di scintille

Mute Swans swimming at Largs Bay in Ayrshire (Scotland) ♥

 

We had never seen swans swimming in the ocean before. Can someone tell us if it’s normal for swans to spend time in the sea/ocean? Maybe they are like us humans and they enjoy a day at the seaside...

 

UPDATE: we were kinda curious, so we searched and we found that swans are fresh water birds but in a pinch, i.e. iced-in lakes during a migration, can drink salt water. Swans are able to drink salt water because of a gland located above their eyes. The gland removes the salt water; the clear water is then secreted by their nostrils where the swan can drink the secretion. Also: (1) swans living on fresh water will typically eat pondweed, stonewort and wigeon grass, as well as tadpoles and insects such as milfoil; (2) swans living on salt water will typically eat sea arrow grass, salt marsh grass, eel grass, club rush and green algae, as well as insects and molluscs.

Live and learn...

 

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Wishing you all a summer filled with interesting trips, good friends and loud hearty laughter! …and, of course, many photographs and precious memories too.

 

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Taken on June 20, 2012