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Hungry Swans

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These elegant swans were on the hunt for food on the River Severn.  Luckily, a nearby hotel sold bags of pellets especially for them – much healthier than bread.

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Swans have appeared in tales throughout history.  Aristotle, Plato and Socrates all believed that swans’ singing ability improved near death; hence the term swan song, meaning a final performance.

During the Middle Ages, the mute swan was a valuable commodity and owners marked their birds with a unique combination of  nicks in the beaks. The Queen was, and still is, deemed to own all unmarked mute swans.

These swans were no doubt unaware of this tidbit of tradition, preferring the tidbits of food.

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They weren’t the only ones that liked the food – this pigeon soon got in on the act:

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Linked to Thursday Special, Saturday Critters and Wild Bird Wednesday.

15 replies »

  1. Wonderful information, and beautiful photos! I have a question…the swan song info was so interesting. Are mute swans really then mute?

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  2. Now, that is a lot of swans.. They are beautiful. They must be well fed.. Great shots. Thank you for sharing your post with my critter party.. Have a happy weekend!

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    • Oh yes, quite a delicacy apparently! That’s why teh Queen has that right – to ensure the Royal Family could entertain in the manner to which they were accustomed 🙂

      On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM, Travel with Intent wrote:

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