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Italian photographer Stefano Unterthiner travelled to Lake Tysslingen in Sweden to document the whooper swans which rest there en route to their Arctic breeding grounds. He worked in temperatures as low as -17 degrees C to photograph the swans flying in to roost on the frozen lake.



The whooper swan is one of Europe's conservation success stories. In Sweden the breeding population has increased from 30 to 6000 pairs in the last 30 years. The UK is also a major wintering ground for whooper swans, with more than 6000 birds making the long migration from Iceland. At 10 kilograms, the whooper swan is one of the heaviest migrant birds, and is capable of migrating non-stop for more than 1400km across the sea, from Iceland to Ireland.
Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) portrait, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  WWE BOOK PLATE. WWE OUTDOOR EXHIBITION  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner / Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) portrait, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009 WWE BOOK PLATE. WWE OUTDOOR EXHIBITION
Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) immature adult in flight, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner / Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) immature adult in flight, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009
Three Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) in flight, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009 WWE BOOK. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner / Three Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) in flight, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009 WWE BOOK. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION
Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) flapping wings, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Two juvenile Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) walking in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Two Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) sleeping, with head tucked under wings, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Two Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) in flight, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) in flight, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Two Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) flying in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Two Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) flying in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) flying in formation over oak trees, Matsalu National Park, Estonia, May 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Rautiainen
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Rautiainen / Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) flying in formation over oak trees, Matsalu National Park, Estonia, May 2009
Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) in flight, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) in flight, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Four Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) flying over Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner / Four Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) flying over Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009
Two Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) in snow, two flying, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) one stretching wings, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Two Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) one stretching wings, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) pecking at juvenile, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) head, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Two Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) calling, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) calling, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) head portrait, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009.  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) and geese in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Four Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Two Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) resting in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Two Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) flying in heavy snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner / Two Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) flying in heavy snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009
Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) Canada geese (Branta canadensis) and Greylag geese (Anser anser) in heavy snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner / Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) Canada geese (Branta canadensis) and Greylag geese (Anser anser) in heavy snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009
Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner / Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009
Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) flying in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner / Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) flying in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009
Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) Canada geese (Branta canadensis) and Greylag geese (Anser anser) in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner / Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) Canada geese (Branta canadensis) and Greylag geese (Anser anser) in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009
Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) calling in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner / Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) calling in snow, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009
Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) in cold weather at sunset, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner / Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) in cold weather at sunset, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009
Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) in flight at sunset, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Unterthiner / Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) in flight at sunset, Lake Tysslingen, Sweden, March 2009