Swans protecting Cygnets

We saw this family of Swans on our walk round Westport today. The Cygnets are almost adult size now and are stretching their wings and legs and are starting to change from soft down to white plumage.

As we stood and took photos several people walked past with dogs. The male Swan reacted by hissing loudly. One woman and her friends had three small dogs with them. Her friends walked swiftly by but she was panicking and wouldn’t move so I asked her to hand me the dogs lead and I held it while I stood between the Swan and her dog. The Swan just hissed but didn’t attack. She got past and I carried on with my walk. X

7 thoughts on “Swans protecting Cygnets

      1. “My” geese are very protective of their babies, but mostly they just keep them away from people. There’s so much room that it’s easy. I’ve only had one little run in with them. A lake where I used to walk in California had geese that were torn between begging for food (being friendly) and protecting their young. It was hard to know what was going to happen!

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