SWAN SERENADE

World Press Photo Contest 2011, Nature, 2nd prize stories, Stefano Unterthiner, Italy Whooper swans are a northern hemisphere swan, with a range from Iceland to beyond Japan. They breed on islands and beside lakes and slow-flowing rivers from mid-May, and also frequently inhabit estuaries, marshes and floodplains. Their diet consists predominantly of leaves, stems and roots of aquatic plants.
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17 February 2010 Hokkaido, Japan Whooper swans fighting.

Whooper swans by Stefano Unterthiner

09 February 2010 Hokkaido, Japan Whooper swans use their massive wings to achieve lift-off after a short run, and can also take off from water. Whooper swans are a northern hemisphere swan, with a range from Iceland to beyond Japan. They breed on islands and beside lakes and slow-flowing rivers from mid-May, and also frequently inhabit estuaries, marshes and floodplains.

National Geographic Photography Whooper Swans, Japan Photograph by Stefano Unterthiner, National Geographic

23 February 2010 Hokkaido, Japan In the early morning, two swans move from their nesting area to feeding grounds.

23 February 2010 Hokkaido, Japan In the early morning, two swans move from their nesting area to feeding grounds.

26 January 2010 Hokkaido, Japan Whooper swans on Lake Kussharo at dawn. The warm waters of the volcanic lake are usually slow to ice over, making it a good wintering habitat. Their diet consists predominantly of leaves, stems and roots of aquatic plants. Around October, the swans fly to more temperate areas for winter. One 1,280-kilometer-long migration route, from Iceland to Ireland, is possibly the longest sea crossing by any swan species.

Vita Fede- Photos that Wow You! Hokkaido, Japan Whooper swans on Lake Kussharo at dawn.

06 February 2010 Hokkaido, Japan Swans are grounded by a blizzard that freezes the lake.

06 February 2010 Hokkaido, Japan Swans are grounded by a blizzard that freezes the lake.

11 February 2010 Hokkaido, Japan Whooper swans are a northern hemisphere swan, with a range from Iceland to beyond Japan. They breed on islands and beside lakes and slow-flowing rivers from mid-May, and also frequently inhabit estuaries, marshes and floodplains. Their diet consists predominantly of leaves, stems and roots of aquatic plants. Around October, the swans fly to more temperate areas for winter.

11 February 2010 Hokkaido, Japan Whooper swans are a northern hemisphere swan, with a range from Iceland to beyond Japan. They breed on islands and beside lakes and slow-flowing rivers from mid-May, and also frequently inhabit estuaries, marshes and floodplains. Their diet consists predominantly of leaves, stems and roots of aquatic plants. Around October, the swans fly to more temperate areas for winter.

14 February 2010 Hokkaido, Japan Swans walk on a frozen Lake Kussharo. The warm waters of the volcanic lake are usually slow to ice over, making it a good wintering habitat.

14 February 2010 Hokkaido, Japan Swans walk on a frozen Lake Kussharo. The warm waters of the volcanic lake are usually slow to ice over, making it a good wintering habitat.

04 June 3010 A whooper swan swims with recently hatched cygnets in the Kainuu region of Finland, a summer breeding ground.

04 June 3010 A whooper swan swims with recently hatched cygnets in the Kainuu region of Finland, a summer breeding ground.

07 June 2010 Kuumo, Finland A pair of whooper swans warn off another, which has entered their territory.

07 June 2010 Kuumo, Finland A pair of whooper swans warn off another, which has entered their territory.

29 January 2010 Hokkaido, Japan Whooper swans settle down for the night on a frozen stretch of Notsuke Bay.

29 January 2010 Hokkaido, Japan Whooper swans settle down for the night on a frozen stretch of Notsuke Bay.

06 February 2010 Hokkaido, Japan Swans shelter from the weather in strong wind, spending all day on the ice. Attempting to take off might have risked wing damage.

06 February 2010 Hokkaido, Japan Swans shelter from the weather in strong wind, spending all day on the ice. Attempting to take off might have risked wing damage.

09 June 2010 Kuumo, Finland A whooper swam is vigilant over a newly hatched cygnet.

World Press Photo 2011 prize winner Nature Stories - Swan Serenade

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