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Whooper Swan60 viewssurveying the scene
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Whooper Swan40 viewswhat a beautiful looking Swan
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Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus Fluke Hall Lane Pilling40 viewsfeeling sorry for itself in it's sling
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Whooper Swan44 viewsI'd only got my 105mm macro lens with me, so had to back up quite away to get the whole of the swan in shot.
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Whooper Swan43 viewsthe girl from the RSPCA asked me to come with her to Pilling Sands so that when she released the Swan if it was unable to fly I could help her re-catch it. I agreed of course, but what I didn't count on was how fast it could run, it shot off towards the estuary with little chance of us catching it.
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Whooper Swan44 viewsI'm free, the Swan makes a dash towards the estuary. I went back to work at this point, but got a call from the RSPCA girl later to confirm the Swan tok to the skies when it was scared by someone on a quad bike.
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Whooper Swan42 viewsWhilst driving down Fluke Hall Lane, Pilling, I turned a corner to see this Whooper Swan running towards me with a tractor right behind it, when the swan saw me coming it veered off the road into the hedgerow & became entancled in the branches there. After watching it for a while it became apparent it was stuck, so I phoned the RSPCA, who agreed to send someone out & asked me to wait with the swan until they arrived.
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Whooper Swan44 viewsThe swan got quite distressed each time a vehicle sped past, but no matter how much it struggled it couldn't break free of the hedgerow
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Whooper Swan55 viewsGotcha - within the hour a young lady from the RSPCA arrived, she was absolutely brilliant. She quickly but carefully grabbed the swan & removed it from the hedgerow with the miimum of fuss, she was obviously very confident handling the bird, I wouldn't have fancied getting in range of it's beak.
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Whooper Swan59 viewstime for a firm hand. With the swan restrained she checked it's wings for breaks, the Swan was trying to flap both wings so she concluded it was unlikely it had a broken wing. Apparently they sometimes think roads are rivers & land on them by mistake, stunning themselves, which is maybe what happened to this bird.
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Whooper Swan63 viewschecking it's OK
 
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