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Mutant Mute Swan

Observed: 16th October 2008 By: VinnyVinny’s reputation in BirdsVinny’s reputation in BirdsVinny’s reputation in Birds

A bizarre two-headed Mute Swan seen in the lagoon at Brownsea. I wonder if this is an evolutionary adaptation to allow them to feed faster?

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David Trevan's picture


Nice try April fool!

David J Trevan

Vinny's picture

Had to be done...

...and it IS a genuine observation, and the pics are as taken i.e. not Photoshopped. Just lucky the birds lined up so well when I took the shots.

A point of interest is that they are actually drinking. Brownsea lagoon is predominantly brackish but has a freshwater source from one slow moving stream. Somehow the birds can 'taste' the difference, and after feeding in the lagoon they return to the same spot to take on liquid.

jhn7's picture

I agree!

Great fun!!

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anonymous spotter's picture

Very good -

I did wonder if they were photoshopped, but good either way!