On a summer sunset in Michigan, I watched a male, mute swan declare battle with the geese. From the dock, I watched and waited for him to enter into the remainder of the sun's last light cast onto the lake. At that time of day, the glow on the water is almost iridescent and has a thousand shades of orange, pink, fuchsia, purple, lavender.
He accommodated me perfectly. He was in rapid pursuit of a goose. His head was tucked and his feathers were 'ruffled' as they say. He was moving very quickly. He engaged the goose and they came to shore. These birds are very large and it was a fascinating site. It wasn't a contest. Swans are very dominant and mean. They mate for life and are protective of their mates and young, which is what this fine fellow was doing on this evening.
May 9th, 2017
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