BLACK SWAN (CYGNUS ATRATUS), LAKE SUPERIOR ZOO, DULUTH, MINNESOTA, JUNE 18, 2012
Sigma DC 17-70 at 70mm
1/1500 sec. f4.5
The black swan, a native of Australia, isn't just a movie role for Natalie Portman but also is a popular fixture in zoos and aviaries the world over. In Britain escaped swans have established breeding populations in the wild. Deborah Abbott captured this one at the Duluth Zoo. It's one of the few specimens there easily visible—and photographable—in the open. As far as we know, the swan survived the epic Duluth flood of June 18-19 that killed at least 14 animals at the zoo.