Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Defending The Territory

There have been a pair of new swans checking out the estuary in the last couple of days. Penny disappeared for the entire day on Sunday leaving Duke to defend the territory. 

It seems I named him well after John Wayne, for he tackled the two young swans himself when they ventured up to the Merryton bridge.

Pouncing on the back of one, he grabbed it by the back of the neck and paddled at the same speed as it tried to escape. Eventually he let it go and both the youngsters headed back to sea. 

Penny returned yesterday which is the anniversary of Popeye's demise last year. Perhaps she flew off to check on last years brood, she looks stunning in her new plumage.  

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