When I first arrived at the water's edge on Wednesday of last week, I saw the male Mute Swan, calmly floating along, and then without any warning, he became agitated, really agitated!
He spread out his large wings and started in the direction of a few Geese.
There was one Goose in particular, that seemed to cross him for some reason.
They all scattered out of the water and then one was left, and that was when the action really turned quickly.
While the Swan began the quarrel, the Goose took immediate charge of the situation and turned on the Swan, with great fury!
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It would have been comical, if it had not been also, so frightening to watch.
In the next four images you can see the Goose taking control of the situation and turned the Swan on his webbed feet, so to speak;')
The water was flying high and the Goose was most assuredly, going to get the better of the much larger Swan.
In the fourth image below, if you look closely, the Goose has a mouth full of Swan feathers.
The battle seemed to end as quickly, as it had begun...Whew wee~
As the Swan began to sulk a wee bit and compose his handsome self, with a little bathing time and preening, at the same time the Goose hopped out of the water and shook his wings off and seemed to be chanting...I am the champion;')~
The whole time that this was going on at one end of the water's edge, there was a lovely female Swan at the other end, and she was singing the whole time, for her mate, to cool it with the showing off, and reunite with her.
In all of my years of visiting Mute Swans and photographing them, I had until this day, never had the pleasure of hearing their voices.
At least, I do not remember it, if I had.
Below, the female was singing to her mate, and he finally fluffed himself, pulled his act back together and swam to meet her~
Though she was doing more singing, than what this site indicates, you can still hear the sound of a Mute Swan on this site~
They took turns preening and turning upside down to gather in food from the bottom of the water...
Tails up, means all is OK, I expect~