Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Photographed at Wittys Lagoon, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
The Mute Swan is one of three swan species in British Columbia, but unlike the Tundra Swan and the Trumpeter Swan, it has been introduced to North America. The species is native to Eurasia and it is said that all the Mute Swans in North America can trace their lineage to the Royal Swannery in England.
The species survives in a feral state only on southern Vancouver Island; Mute Swans elsewhere in the province are either captive birds, or escapes.