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This photo was taken late last November; however, this male Mute Swan and his forever mate had not yet left the pond due to the mild temps…they have actually been there most of the winter – just flying slightly south to the open shores of Lake Ontario on the handful of cold days we have had here in Toronto this winter that have resulted in their turf temporarily freezing over.

On a “don’t get me started” note…The Toronto Region Conservation Authority has a program of oiling Mute Swan eggs, aimed at slowing population growth – this agenda is carried out early every spring at Grenadier Pond (and other areas in Toronto) reportedly due to the fact Mute Swans are a non-native, invasive bird that have a negative impact on native flora and fauna – … as the TRCA will report…the Mute Swan’s territorial nature frightens off other wildlife species from marsh habitats at critical breeding times and its voracious appetite affects wetland vegetation areas and availability of food to other waterfowl.

Every species will protect its area and fiercely guard its eggs/young…..get too close to a Red-winged Blackbird’s nesting area in the spring and you’d better be wearing a baseball cap as the male won’t think twice as he speedily flies in to dive-bomb your head….so I really don’t completely understand it.

Theoretically, the TRCA arguments may make some sense but it is sad to see the female finally give it up after almost double the incubation time.. sitting on her nest.. waiting… throughout which time the male continues to bring her food and tend to the nest; however, at some point – long after she should have had her little goslings – she abandons the nest and her dejected attitude is evident.

Science does not attribute human emotions to her.

There was a meeting with the major of Toronto last spring about this very topic and the need for the egg oiling every single spring .. had the program been reviewed lately? .. the mayor was (i) woefully uninformed, (ii) is clearly not a lover of nature; and (iii) is possibly frightened of swans. I’ll say no more… as I said at the outset…..don’t get me started.
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

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  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 3 years ago

    This is one of the most beautiful swan captures I have seen on redbubble, with one of the most heartbreaking stories. I cannot believe the arrogance of human beings deciding what creatures have a right to procreate and what ones do not. The beautiful wild horses in the west are being subjected to similar cruel treatment to control populations. I hope a better plan can be found.

  • Hi Angie, thank you for such a wonderful compliment…you made my day! I agree with you entirely and the plight of those wild horses is the same sort of issue…hugs and thank you again.

    – KatMagic Photography

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBalmost 3 years ago

    Fabulous picture – I’ve never heard of this practice before – how very sad

  • Felicity, it’s all too sad and I’m afraid.. all too common…thanks for your nice words.

    – KatMagic Photography

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonalmost 3 years ago

    I have to agree with is one of the best swan photos! Your processing works perfectly and really brings out the incredible beauty of these animals.
    It is sad to think humans can be so arrogant. On a lighter note, this is stunning!

  • Hi Kristi, thanks so much…as a lover of animals I knew you would understand this…thank you for your very kind words.. much appreciated.

    – KatMagic Photography

    JUSTARTalmost 3 years ago

    great work

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websteralmost 3 years ago

    This image is as beautiful as the story is sad…..Lovely editing work!

  • Hi Robin, thank you so much for your thoughts…!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...almost 3 years ago

    stunnign work!

  • Thank you, Charmiene!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...almost 3 years ago

    Fab U lous sweetheART ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thank you, always so nice to hear from you!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful image!!

  • Thanks so much!

    – KatMagic Photography

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