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The Mute swan Cygnus olor is the largest bird in Britain and although completely white in colour, may be stained rusty from feeding in acidic waters. Mute Swans are voracious foragers, eating up to four kilos of aquatic plants a day that they tear off with their thick, rough-edged bills anchored by strong bill muscles. They can skim plants from the surface and submerge all but their tail and feet to reach vegetation growing in deeper water. Contrary to their name, the mute swan can produce a wide range of vocalalisations.

Photograph by Andrew Parkinson

About Andrew Parkinson

Andy is a contributing photographer to National Geographic magazine and a multi-award winning wildlife photographer. As well as winning two categories he also won the overall title of Bird Photographer of the Year 2016 and has had over 30 awarded images in the British Wildlife Photography Awards, winning three categories along the way. He’s also been awarded 3 times in both Wildlife Photographer of the Year and European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and in 2012 was named Nature Photojournalist of the Year. He prefers to work close to his home in Derbyshire and works exclusively with animals and birds that are wild and free.

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