But every time I looked upriver it seemed to be closer

How dangerous are swans

A man has canada goose outlet sale drowned after being attacked by a swan, which knocked him out of his kayak https://www.canadagooseonlineshop.co.uk and stopped him swimming to shore. So how dangerous are these graceful white birds?

Anthony Hensley, 37, worked for a company that provided swans to keep geese canada goose uk outlet away uk canada goose outlet from property.

On Saturday morning, the married father of two set out in a kayak across a pond at a residential complex in Des Plaines, just outside Chicago, where he was tending the birds.

One of the swans charged his boat, capsizing it, says Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, whose canadian goose jacket deputies investigated the death.

Mr Hensley tried to swim to canada goose clearance shore but eyewitnesses told the sheriff’s investigators the swan appeared to have actively blocked him.

Mute swans aggressively defend nests in springtime

They have been known to attack people using the Canada Goose sale rivers, like canada goose coats on sale rowers, kayakers and anglers

But reports of injuries are rare and they are not usually canada goose uk black friday strong enough to break a human limb

According to ornithologists, the swan’s canada goose black friday sale aggressive reaction is typical for the species, the mute swan, when defending a nest.

“It’s presumably a male swan and it’s presumably paired, and it’s set up home for the spring,” says canada goose uk shop Chris Perrins, Her Majesty’s Swan canada goose factory sale Warden and a retired Oxford ornithologist.

“It’s going to defend that territory.”

The males are fierce in defence of their nests, especially during the spring nesting season April to June.

Cygnus olor

Native to Europe and Asia

Introduced to North America, southern Africa and Australia

The name derives from it being less vocal than other species

By tradition, all unmarked mute swans on the River Thames belong to the monarch

They are often found on ponds and rivers in parks and other urban areas

BBC Nature: Watch mute swans in action

The birds are one of the largest waterfowl in North America and Europe, weighing up to 13kg (28lbs) and with canada goose clearance sale a wing span of up to 2.4m (7.9ft). They are among the heaviest flying birds in the buy canada goose jacket cheap UK.

In April 2010, a swan on the River Cam in England made the news after repeatedly attacking rowers. It was nicknamed Mr Asbo, buy canada goose jacket named after the canada goose store Anti Social Behaviour Orders issued by UK cheap canada goose uk courts at the time. canada goose Two years later, there are still calls for it to be removed from the river, as the seasonal attacks go on.

But such incidents are very rare, says John Huston of the Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset, where there are 1,000 swans uk canada goose but no recorded attacks Canada Goose online on humans in the colony’s 600 year history.

“If you approach a swan nest on the river, they might get aggressive and Canada Goose Coats On Sale hiss and flap their wings, but the danger is over rated and it’s a myth that they will break your leg or arm with their wings.

“They are not that strong and it’s mostly show and bluster.”

Perrins says he has spent many years handling swans and never been injured, just received the odd bruise.

“They do fairly vigorously defend their little patch this time of year. Once the Canada Goose Jackets eggs are hatched he’ll stay with the family and defend it.

Attacked by a swan

I was ambushed by a swan. I was fishing on a small river in Dorset when it swam past me, going upriver. I naturally stopped what I was doing until it was some 30m canada goose coats further on, and started casting downstream. But every time I looked upriver it seemed to be closer. Finally, when the current had pushed it to within 15m, it turned around and flew at me. Canada Goose Online It was a terrifying and humbling moment. All I could think was Canada Goose Outlet to run, but cheap Canada Goose I had a steep bank with nettles behind me and scrambling up it in a panic left me with a face full of stings.

“They have a reputation for being a bit aggressive, but it’s only that it’s a matter of size, I guess. Presumably a duck wouldn’t attack you because you look a Canada Goose Parka bit big.”.