Swans, while floating on the surface of the water, have long curved necks which characteristically assume an "s" shape. When airborne, their form is different altogether. These graceful water birds, stretching out to more than four feet in length, take on a sleek aerodynamic shape in flight, as beautiful as any aircraft that man could engineer.
Northern hemisphere swans are all white. The only white plumage on these Australian birds is on their wing tip feathers. There is also a little splash of white on the end of their red bills.
One might think that a flier as airworthy as these might migrate over vast distances. Such is not the case. These creatures remain in the area where they were hatched and pair with a mate for the duration of their lives.
Building and maintaining nests on large mounds in the middle of shallow lakes and foraging for water plants, which are their staple diet, occupies their days.
Whatever the facts and figures are for these birds, photographically, they make a lovely picture. The shutter speed here, 1/100 sec, was slow enough to capture their image as the camera was panned across the water with them, the movement of the camera smearing the background.