Sunday, September 21, 2014

Angry protective swan


In this case, a father swan swatting and hissing at the rescue worker who's trying to extract a cygnet from a fence.

3 comments:

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Hila,

Swans are notoriously aggressive in the protection of their young, I'm surprised that all this gentleman had to show for his trouble, was a bruised arm!

The male swan did seem genuinely appreciative when the cygnet was finally returned to the folds of its family, so the aggression does appear to be genuinely targeted, rather than just a random act.

We have noticed this year, that there are still many cygnets around, who have yet to change the colour of their plummage, indicating that there has been more than a single hatching this year. This pattern does seem to be replicated amongst many of the garden birds also, so I am guessing that our unusually long and mild English summer this year, amy have something to do with that!

Long may it last!

Yvonne

HKatz said...

"Swans are notoriously aggressive in the protection of their young, I'm surprised that all this gentleman had to show for his trouble, was a bruised arm!"

I was surprised the swan didn't peck at him :) It was certainly hissing though.

It's lovely that you get to see cygnets. I've seen ducklings, but that's about it.

Naida said...

awww...that's nice that the parents are that protective over their babies.