This morning after my regular inspection of the spit and having only seeing a single Wheatear and a juvenile Whitethroat my attention was drawn to a swan in an unusual position near the fencing running alongside the footpath leading to Church Farm. As I approached I could see that the swan was in fact pining down another swan who had its head and neck through the fencing. The aggressor was pecking viciously at the neck and back of the helpless 'intruder' and once I had managed to separate them the trapped swan stood up and looked around, beak open, terrified. The resident bird waited in the Lagoon ready to have another 'go'. I decided I had to rescue the poor bird so went home and collected a blanket and, to cut a long story short, eventually caught the bird and lifted it over the fence out of harms way. There was some some blood showing around the head and on the back but I did not think it required attention so put it on the harbour side of the fence. It looked at me as if to say 'thank you, you saved my life! '
Looking down at the family of 9 swans I then noticed the remains of another swan.....
|The gruesome remains of a previous victim|
SWANS CAN BE VERY VICIOUS...VISITING SWANS, PLEASE NOTE!
|The rescued bird back in the harbour.|