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14 February 2011

Abbotsbury Swannery

Mute Swan (疣鼻天鵝)
Great Britain (1993)
21st August, 2010. Abbotsbury, Dorset
21st August, 2010. Dorset & East Devon

Swannery was established by Benedictine Monks during 1040's which has a monastery at Abbotsbury, a small village in the Dorset, and also inside the area of Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO heritage site in Great Britain. The swannery was existence on 1393 when the records written, but probably existed before that.

Abbotsbury Swannery is the only colony of Mute Swan in the world, over 600 swans are feed inside the farm. Naturally Mute Swan is very common to be found in the world, mostly wild life swans are breed in waterside and migrate to south during winter. It distributed in Europe and Asia while North Africa in winter. The swan does not sound in its whole life, it specially has an orange bill bordered with black, ecognisabled by its pronounced knob atop the bill. Today, Abbotsbury Swannery is a tourist attractive as it is a part of UNESCO heritage site in Dorset, where begins from Exmouth to Swanage, total length 153km coastline.

Mute Swan only has one partner in its life, when they found a partner, the couple always play a dance in the lake. As the reason, Mute Swans frequency appear on Valentina cards, greetings stamps or related products.
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