I discovered these two Mute Swans in a remote small lake located in the southern part of The Colony. Mute Swans are not native to our part of the country, so I suspect these are not wild birds.
This lake in not part of a park, and the swans would have little opportunity to interact with people. I did not observed either of these birds make an attempt to fly. They did immediately swim over to where I was standing as soon as they saw me. I could not judge from their actions what their intent was when they swam over to my location. Sibley’s Guide to Birds describes their posturing in some of my photographs as “distinctly aggressive.” The birds did not appear aggressive to me, but rather their behavior seemed more likely due to expecting food, or simply curiosity.
It is my assumption that these two birds represent a male and a female.
|March 24, 2009
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