October 31, 2012 in Wildlife Village by Jan
Good Morning Villagers
While at Far Ings on Saturday I witnessed some territorial behaviour from a pair of Swans.
There were two Swans on the pond in front of the hide, they then swam into an inlet in the reeds to my right and were out of sight.
Half an hour later two more Swans arrived on the pond. The two that were out of view suddenly flew up. The female decided it was the cobs duty to see off the interlopers and landed gracefully, leaving him to sort it out!
The Cob flew straight over the females head, I ducked for her!
He made straight for the other swan (I presume male) further along the pond, he was on a mission.
Eye contact made and he looked like he was going to crash into the other swan on the left who had just started to flap its wings.
It was over very quickly and the interloper was trying to fly off out of the way.
It escaped unharmed and took flight.
It was joined by its partner and off they flew. There are a few ponds there so I would think they went to another one.
Ten minutes later the resident pair flew off in the same direction and I was left wondering if they were going to chase them from pond to pond!!
This the first time I have seen Swans being so aggressive towards each other.
Have a Happy Halloween Villagers
Happy Birthday to Kath Roberts too!!
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