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The Plight of the Mute Swan

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Featured in: Absolute Clarity (Mar., 2012)
Featured in: Images of Endearment (Mar., 2012)
Featured in: Image Writing (Mar., 2012)
Featured in: Nature in its Entirety (Mar., 2012)
Featured in: Quality Art and Photography (Mar., 2012)
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Featured in: The Toronto Group (Mar., 2012)

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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