The mute swan is a very familiar sight on our rivers, canals and lakes. They are big birds and have a bit of a fearsome reputation (e.g breaking arms) which is partly deserved as they can be very territorial especially when they have young about. I’ve been chased by one who is legendary for his stroppyness a few times in the past. It’s disconcerting when paddling an unstable racing kayak but it’s hardly like being confronted by an angry hippo. You can easily fend off a swan with a paddle.
Anyway, I’ve lots of ‘nice’ photos of mute swans but few of much merit. Last week this mute swan was busy throwing his weight around in the direction of a few pairs of canada geese by charging and scattering them at intervals. I think he was bored as his mate seems to be busy incubating on the nest and he hasn’t much to do. This image I’m much happier with. I like that it illustrates the dynamic power of these birds and the purity of their plumage.
Taken from a kayak at near water level. Nikon D500 with 300mm f/4E PF lens at 1/5000s, f/6.3, ISO 400