When swans attack

Forget television, nature can provide good entertainment.

Colchester swan with one canoeist.

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.


16 responses to “When swans attack

  1. Cows love music. Squirrels love chocolate. Now Swan attacks. You are ripping my wonderful illusion of this peaceful, graceful creature! 🙂

  2. Thanks for the laugh. Think it’s marvelous. Swans are so lovely and ………… strong! Once saw a Swallow knock a Bluejay off the top of a door, he was too close to her nest. It’s wonderful when you see things like that. Much better than TV.

    • The consternation the swan was causing to the canoeists was funny, especially when it was coming at full attack. These sort of events are happening all the time in nature.

  3. Great post… Lovely Swan! Al beings are same, they love and protect their family. Love them, Protect them and not eat them. Cheers, bro!

  4. I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. I posted about it. Thanks.

  5. As you say, much better (and mentally healthier) than TV. It is a shame that teachers now report that when they take children on field trips into wild areas of Canada, the children compare unique experiences of reality to what they’ve seen on TV. Comments such as, “Look at that wolf; it’s almost like the ones on TV” have been reported.

  6. I have experience of swans…they are dangerous and unpredictable… but wonderful, magnificent creatures

  7. At the other extreme, there has been a pair of swans floating on a wooden pallet on Bristol’s floating harbour for several years. They lay eggs, they sit on them, turn them, and after a few months abandon the nest to other birds. Nobody knows what is happening. Are the eggs dead when laid, are the swans too old to lay fertile eggs? Rats have been suggested but the eggs are intact throughout. All very sad.

  8. First, an apropos quote.

    Each night as we lay on our backs looking up at the stars (or gathering storm, or overcast, or the moon, etc.) we watch this for many moments before drifting off to sleep. This is by far better than any television (since we have been together we have not owned a television and neither of us has watched television in many, many years prior to meeting one another). We will sit for hours, sometimes in silence, watching the birds and all other animals in their natural habitat. We have seen many fighting )not with us per se as we are careful to keep respectful distance) for their territory, especially in the early spring when females were pregnant and then moreso as the young were born. We were always careful to give them their space and always weary of signs of distress from the animals. Great post.

    • Awesome comment, thanks for sharing your experience. It is great to see people like you have empathy and respect for wildlife. Nature both educates and reminds us of the joys and hardships of life.

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