A Calorie-Free Treat!


When we were recently dining with friends at a restaurant with a small pond outside, I noticed a swan.  Not unusual.  There are usually swans, ducks and geese in this pond, mainly because the restaurant will give to guests, if they ask, a bucket of stale bread to throw to them … a pretty reliable guarantee that there will always be water fowl around for guests to watch!

p10102401   But I noticed this particular swan because of what it was doing with its wings. 

100_1464edit11   I have a ceramic swan that is posed in the same way

p10102421   and the living swan was a very lovely recreation of that elegant look. 

I had never actually seen a swan strike this pose before.  It held its wings in this position for quite a while as it swam around.  Obviously, long enough for me to get my camera out and take some pictures.

What beautiful lines.

A nice little addition to dinner, and this “treat” added no calories!

4 Responses to A Calorie-Free Treat!

  1. Hilary says:

    Wonderful photos, Sandra. I wonder if there is a nest nearby. A busking swan is usually feeling territorial and aggressive. Were there other swans around?

  2. Chourou says:

    Exactly! It makes the dinner rich without any fat
    Good job, Sandy the photographer.

  3. Sandra says:

    Hilary — I think there were some others but this one seemed to stay by himself. Do you know what it means when they “fluff” their wings like this? Does it have someting to do with courting?

    Chourou — I’m glad you enjoyed it too!

  4. Hilary says:

    Sandra, it would appear so. I’ll paste in what I just read on a Vancouver website about their local Mute Swans:

    “the English call this “busking” in that the swans are trying to make themselves look larger than normal and are trying to declare territory. This can be part of “mating and nesting season” as a way to remove predators or other unwanted guests or can be part of the normal daily life of a swan when another swan or predator enters their territory.”

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