E.J.Wilkins

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Feeding time?

Feeding time at Keyhaven, the same place as the little dinghy/rowing boat from the other day. It was fairly dark even though it was 'daytime', it was also cold.

What do you think about people giving stale bread to swans?

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Feeding time?

Feeding time at Keyhaven, the same place as the little dinghy/rowing boat from the other day. It was fairly dark even though it was 'daytime', it was also cold.

What do you think about people giving stale bread to swans?

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comments (19)

tell me about cold my friend, it was -19 celsuis degrees on Friday ... so cooooooooooold !! this shot is funny Ellie ;-)
EJWilkins: Oh yikes, that IS cold!
tremendous necks on the geese who do not seem to feel the cold that is throughout europe at the moment..I like the pattern on the stone wall
EJWilkins: Hi Neil, the stone wall is there to stop the sea connecting with the land behind it. It doesn't have to be as sturdy as a 'proper' sea wall because it's well inside a harbour.
It is funny to see how cold the pople look and how indifferent the swans are. Except for the cars this could be the subject matter for some impressionist's sketch. smile
EJWilkins: You're absolutely right about that, but then the swans have layers of down beneath their outer feathers. It was a cold day, but nowhere near as cold as it's been for Dafredo, with -19 C .. brrrr.
Do you happen to be in Colorado, dafredo?
Ellie, I thought that stuff was bad for the birdies... regardless, awesome capture!
EJWilkins: I thought the same Samira, but the swans don't seem to mind, they hang about for somebody to turn up with some bread for them and happily gobble it all up. These are one of the more successful broods in the area, successfully raising 7 cygnets, while others have lost about half of their hatch.
I don't know why this shot makes me laugh Ellie.
EJWilkins: wink THe swans have got the people well trained!
  • Josť-Angel
  • Sant Feliu de Llobregat (Barcelona)
  • 29 Jan 2007, 08:25
Good, it seems to me correct while they do not make it to fatten them and to put them in the casserole! LOL.
EJWilkins: Aha, I don't think they are planning to eat them. I wouldn't like to try to catch a swan, they are very strong.
The slightest sight of water and the mention of the cold - makes me shiver grin I must appreciate the fact that you have been pretty regular in clicking outdoors braving that chill. Bravo. About the Swans and the Stale bread - I dont think I really have a point of view there, can't see how it really matters.
EJWilkins: I asked because Wildfowl trusts tell people not to give bread to swans, but I don't know why. Especially because they seem to enjoy it.
Is the question on the lines of domesticating swans or inappropiate food? Because considering how nasty these birds can be they should find food for themselves !!! smile Sorry dear I've stopped laughing now. Nice shot for such a cold dark day.
EJWilkins: A bit of both really Johnny, but without the food these parents might not have raised 7 cygnets. I watched a swan see off a pony the other day, it was quite a sight!
nice moment capture
EJWilkins: thanks Chantal smile
stale bread to swans shouldnt be a problem.Birds eat nearly everything and get away with it.Just like pigs.
EJWilkins: yes, you're right.
  • chris p
  • the Isle of Wight
  • 29 Jan 2007, 11:24
The swan population has become a problem in some places Ellie, so the bread must be ok for them - should they be fed it in the first place might be a question that would have a few twitchers, twitching!
EJWilkins: Round here they 'deal with' the eggs if the population is too large, making sure they don't all hatch. Dependency is something, what do they do when people don't turn up with food?
  • Louis
  • 29 Jan 2007, 13:12
Like an illustration for Mother Goose. Nice pic for a dark day.

Is there supposed to be an issue with feeding bread to swans? They are definitely not fattening them for the pot - swan meat is horrible. I have read somewhere about post WWII when food was scarce for the human populace in countries like Holland, Belgium that after that first winter there wer less swans around - not because they got eaten (truely horrible meat), but simply because there were less scraps around - and the hunger struck them.
EJWilkins: Yes, in wildfowl places they say not to give the birds bread, but I'm not sure why.
I did 'bide my time' for this picture, until most of them had their necks extended. wink
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 29 Jan 2007, 13:15
You know I'm laughing out loud again, Ellie, because of the ubiquitous hats again...AND the segue from ponies to swans. You're so good! smile

I can't speak to what happens there in the UK but here in America we will actually bring in a pair of swans to a lake in order to cut down on the geese population. Apparently it works!

And we always have duck-feeding places in parks where the staple is stale bread. It makes the ducks/geese/swans more tame, I'm sure, and less likely to fend for themselves. The kids seem to enjoy it (I remember taking my kids when they were young), as do the adults, I see.

Just look at how long they can stretch their necks! I'm guessing that's worth all the stale bread in the world. Great capture!
EJWilkins: Ah, I'd forgotten about the hats! I really don't know if I've got any people without them, I'll have to look.
I waited until almost all the birds were stretching up for food, thought it looked more interesting. I do think they get sort of dependent on handouts, which is fine ... as long as the people turn up!
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 29 Jan 2007, 16:47
Hi Ellie. Is that the females I see at the front of the food queue? smile Lovely pic and very good exposure for such a cold and dark, miserable English winter day. Stale bread? Nah, they should get to Asda and get a fresh loaf of Mothers Pride to feed them!! smile Kindest regards, Neil.
EJWilkins: Nope, just checked the original, and it's the male swan at the front of the food queue, Mum's keeping an eye on the kids! tongue
Greedy swans !! Funny !! Do you think they want to drive ? smile
EJWilkins: Do you think they could? How would they steer? wink
Funny shot Ellie smile
EJWilkins: smile Thanks Magnus
Hi Ellie, it's once again a funny shot smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Zeb smile
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 30 Jan 2007, 23:59
I am kind of a bit anti feeding wildlife even though i have been guilty of it myself occasionally. i have been to isolated national parks in central Queensland where kangaroos (who are vegetarians) have taken meat off a cooking barbeque because patterns of depency have been setup by thoughtless people over the generations. i like you angle here ellie
  • Iain
  • Toronto, Canada
  • 31 Jan 2007, 14:49
lol. you look like you're on the wrong side of the wall for this picture... There is clearly a 'people side' and a 'swan side' wink Cool perspective.

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