Forget television, nature can provide good entertainment.
Further from my recent blog post on respecting nature, I encountered an example of why we should respect nature tonight.
I checked on a new swan family on the River Colne in Colchester: a mum, a dad and three cygnets. The mum tends to concentrate her attention on her cygnets. the dad is slightly away from the mother and cygnets, keeping a protective eye on his family.
A bunch of canoeists came close to the swan family, and the dad attacked them. Swans attack using their powerful wings, that is strong enough to break the arm of a child. Swans have been known to kill canoeists.
The swan in the picture attacked a dozen canoeists with multiple attacks, and hassled them for a mile up river. The swan was defending his home (space on the river) and his family. All animals will go to great lengths to protect their young.
The swan incident completed what was a good photography session for me today; and had me reflect that nature is more interesting than television. The canoeists had to face that swan again on their way back.